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Hawaiian Damselfly / pinapinao
Scientific name: Megalagrion xanthomelas
Hawaiian Name: Pinapinao
Classification: Phylum: Arthropoda. Class: Insecta. Order: Odonata. Family: Coenagrionidae
Status: Reduced populations.
Distribution: O`ahu (one population left), Moloka`i, Lana`i, Maui, Big Island.
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These insects used to be common throughout the islands, but introductions of mosquitofish (see No. 42) and other alien predators have reduced their numbers. Some can still be found in stream ecosystems in the more pristine rainforests at higher elevations.
|Photo by David Preston & Ron Englund|