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Dragonfly associations (Insecta: Odonata) in relation to habitat variables: a multivariate approach

  • Maria Schindler
  • Christian Fesl
  • Andreas Chovanec


In a dragonfly survey, carried out in a lowland wetland area in eastern Austria, a total of 19 resident species was recorded. Multivariate statistical procedures were used to analyse the relationship between dragonfly assemblage patterns and environmental variables. Besides widespread and euryoecious species with unspecific habitat requirements two dragonfly associations were identified: on the one hand species mainly occurring at temporary natural and near-natural ponds characterised by rush and reed vegetation, on the other hand species preferring permanent waters such as the artificial waterbodies in the investigation area characterised by floating macrophytes. Water persistence and the existence of floating macrophytes determined the formation of species assemblages.

assemblage patterns habitat requirements environmental factor Detrended Canonical Correspondence Analysis cluster analysis 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Maria Schindler
    • 1
  • Christian Fesl
    • 1
  • Andreas Chovanec
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of Ecology and Conservation BiologyUniversity of ViennaViennaAustria
  2. 2.Federal Environment AgencyViennaAustria

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