Exploring of dragonfly fauna in city karak and its surrounding areas Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan
Khalid Usman, Khalid Pervaiz and Hameed Ur Rehman
Karak is located in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, Pakistan. The Dragonfly fauna in City Karak and its surrounding areas was first time explore during the present study 29 species from 17 families under 25 genera are being reported during February 2014 to October 2014. Salticidae were most commonly occurred species. Duration of the current study was one year, i.e., February 2014 to October 2014. A total of 725 specimens of the dragonfly were collected from various sampling sites of City Karak. These sampling sites were Tehsil colony, Gulshan Abad colony, Rehmania colony, Tappi, Jama, Kach Banda, Porana Bazra and main Karak city respectively. The Specimen collected and identified belong to 1 Order Odonata, 3 Families Libellulidae Aeshnidae and Gomphidae, 6 genera Orthetrum, Palpopleura, Pantala, Trithemis, Anax and Onychogomphus. Family Libellulidae was the largest family consisting of 7 Species while Family Aeshnidae and Gomphidae comprising only one specie each. From the current study, it can be concluded that the City Karak and its surrounding areas having a diverse range of dragonflies. Furthermore, the same study on large scales is recommended to fully explore the dragon fly fauna in this region.