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Type: Correspondence
Published: 2021-05-28
Page range: 218–221
Abstract views: 148
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Zootaxa 20th Anniversary Celebration: Odonata section

Slater Museum of Natural History, University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA 98416 USA.
Biosecurity Surveillance & Incursion Investigation Plant Health Team, Ministry for Primary Industries, 14 Sir William Pickering Drive, Christchurch 8053, New Zealand.


During the two decades (2001–2020) of the journal’s existence, 346 papers on Odonata were published in Zootaxa. These papers contributed 317 new extant taxa, 26 new fossil taxa, and 106 new larval descriptions. By the end of the period, papers in Zootaxa were contributing slightly more than half of all descriptions of new extant taxa. Research was published from all over the world but predominantly from the American and Asian tropics, and authors from 42 countries contributed papers.



  1. Dijkstra, K.-D.B., Kipping, J. & Mézière, N. (2015) Sixty new dragonfly and damselfly species from Africa (Odonata). Odonatologica, 44 (4), 447–678.

    Kalkman, V.J., Clausnitzer, V., Dijkstra, K-D.B., Orr, A.G., Paulson, D.R. & van Tol, J. (2008) Global diversity of dragonflies (Odonata) in freshwater. Hydrobiologia, 595, 351–363.

    Paulson, D.R. & Schorr, M. (2021) World Odonata List. Available from: (accessed on 23 February 2021)