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The purpose of this study is to identify the various species, relative abundance and habitat of dragonfly and damselfly larvae at the Clark County Wetlands Park Nature Preserve (WPNP). An accurate assessment of these insects can be useful in interpreting potential indications of environmental problems at the Wetlands. From this data, necessary improvements can be made to the dragonfly habitat as well as the habitat of other surrounding organisms. Habitat identification is considered especially important because it is "structured by instream and surrounding topographical features, and is a major determinant of aquatic community potential" (Southwood, 1977). For purposes of this study I will not be interpreting the potential problems indicated at WPNP, but rather providing a foundation for others to do so. Determining what kinds of species and their relative abundance will be useful as baseline information and monitoring of any changes in environmental quality in the future.
Clark County Wetlands Park (Nev.); Damselflies; Dragonflies; Indicators (Biology); Las Vegas Wash (Nev.); Nevada; Odonata; Wetlands
Desert Ecology | Entomology | Environmental Indicators and Impact Assessment | Environmental Monitoring | Environmental Sciences
Jolley, Erin, "Odonates at the Clark County Wetlands Nature Preserve: A look at habitat and relative abundance" (2006). UNLV Theses, Dissertations, Professional Papers, and Capstones. 329.