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1An order of predatory insects that comprises the dragonflies and damselflies. They have long, slender bodies, two pairs of membranous wings, large compound eyes, and aquatic larvae.
- ‘The Odonata appeared for the first time in the Permian.’
- ‘In contrast to YOY perch, predator-sensitive prey in the diet were dominated by Trichoptera, Odonata, and Coleoptera larvae.’
- ‘Two Episodes in the seasonal regulation of Odonata can be distinguished.’
- ‘We have already noted that several species of Odonata respond to long photoperiods in spring by accelerating development.’
- ‘Associated fossils include other disarticulated insect remains such as Diptera (true flies) and Odonata (dragonflies).’
- 1.1 Insects of the order "Odonata"; dragonflies and damselflies.
- ‘Hence, dominance is synonymous for resource holding potential, a term more commonly used in previous studies on odonata.’
Modern Latin (plural), formed irregularly from Greek odōn (variant of odous) ‘tooth’, with reference to the insect's mandibles.
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