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Copera marginipes
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Odonata
Suborder: Zygoptera
Family: Platycnemididae
Jacobson and Bianchi, 1905[1]

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Malagasy featherleg (Proplatycnemis hova)
Proplatycnemis alatipes female

The Platycnemididae are a family of damselflies.[2] They are known commonly as white-legged damselflies.[3] There are over 400 species native to the Old World.[4] The family is divided into several subfamilies.[4]


There are about 42 genera of Platycnemididae.[5]

Genera include:

See also


  1. ^ Dijkstra, K.D.B.; et al. (2013). "The classification and diversity of dragonflies and damselflies (Odonata). In: Zhang, Z.-Q. (Ed.) Animal Biodiversity: An Outline of Higher-level Classification and Survey of Taxonomic Richness (Addenda 2013)". Zootaxa. 3703 (1): 36–45. doi:10.11646/zootaxa.3703.1.9.
  2. ^ "Family PLATYCNEMIDIDAE". Australian Faunal Directory. Australian Biological Resources Study. 2014. Retrieved 1 April 2017.
  3. ^ Platycnemididae. Fossilworks.
  4. ^ a b Dijkstra, K. D. B., Kalkman, V. J., Dow, R. A., Stokvis, F. R., & Van Tol, J. (2014). Redefining the damselfly families: a comprehensive molecular phylogeny of Zygoptera (Odonata). Systematic Entomology, 39(1), 68-96.
  5. ^ Theischinger, G., Gassmann, D., & Richards, S. J. (2015). Macrocnemis gracilis, a new genus and species of Idiocnemidinae (Zygoptera: Platycnemididae) from Papua New Guinea. Zootaxa, 3990(3), 429.
  6. ^ Orr, Albert; Kalkman, Vincent; Richards, Stephen (2014). "Four new species of Palaiargia Förster, 1903 (Odonata: Platycnemididae) from New Guinea with revised distribution records for the genus". International Journal of Odonatology. 16 (4): 309–325. doi:10.1080/13887890.2013.855949.
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