Phu Quoc in Kien Giang Province is dubbed the “pearl island” due to its richness in nature and great tourism potential. Phu Quoc National Park on Phu Quoc Island has an abundance of flora. Over 80% of the island is covered in forest and this creates favourable living conditions for many insects, including dragonflies. According to a survey conducted by Wildlife At Risk (WAR), a non-government organization on natural resource preservation in South Vietnam, there are 54 species on the Island. This accounts for 23% of the 235 species of dragonflies in Vietnam.
The family of dragonflies is rather diverse and it includes some species that were discovered by scientists 100 – 200 years ago. These include the Newrobasis chinsis (Linnaeus, 1758) and the Orthetrum chrysis (Selys, 1891). In December 2008, WAR recorded five new species of dragonflies found along the streams running through forests and areas of different terrains.
On these pages, Vietnam Pictorial reporters introduce to its readers images of some of the species of dragonflies on Phu Quoc Island.
For more information about the species of dragonflies on Phu Quoc Island, access the website: http://www.wildlifeatrisk.org/albulm /34/chuon-chuon
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