Systematic study of the genus Polythore Calvert, 1907 (Odonata: Polythoridae)
Polythore is a genus of damselflies from the Neotropical rainforest family Polythoridae that includes 19 species, six of which are present in Colombia. Color pattern of the wings, mostly showing a unique pattern for each species, is essential in the taxonomy of the genus. However, females exhibit polychromatic forms with androchromes (colored like the conspecific male) and gynochromes (different from the male coloration) forms. This and other characters showing intraspecific variability make it difficult to identify some species accurately. In addition, no phylogenetic analysis of the taxa has been conducted.
For these reasons this project proposes a systematic study of species of Polythore where the status of the genus and its species will be studied. Emphasis will be on the female where the diagnostic value of the currently used female characters will be evaluated and the potential taxonomic value of other morphological characters will be assessed. The project will generate a revision that includes: a detailed evaluation of the taxonomic characters used in the group, a key with illustrations for adults, and a phylogenetic analysis of the species of the genus.
This project wants to answer the following questions:
Ms. Rojas-Riaño successfully defended her Master thesis in 2011, at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia: “Sistemática del género polythore Calvert, 1917 (Odonata: polythoridae)”.