Family: Pond Damsels (Coenagrionidae)
Species Of Special Concern
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Southern Sprites measure about an inch long and are one of the tiniest odonates in New York (Lam 2004).
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In New York, there are at least five older records for N. integricollis in Suffolk county (Donnelly 1999), and two extant locations in Suffolk county (1995 and 2005) (New York Natural Heritage Program 2010). Despite increased survey efforts on Long Island in recent years for the New York Dragonfly and Damselfly Survey (2005-2009), one new location has been documented during those years.
No estimation of population size for this species has been made based on observations from 1995 and 2005 in Suffolk county (New York Natural Heritage 2010). There are observations made prior to this at five other locations in Suffolk county (Donnelly 1999), but information prior to the late 1990s is limited (Donnelly 2004). Therefore, any new location information on Southern Sprite in New York may reflect heightened interest in surveying for this species rather than a population increase or a range expansion (NYS DEC 2005).
Recent observations have been noted in Suffolk county in 1995 and 2005. Long-term information regarding population size is not available prior to the late 1990s (New York Natural Heritage Program 2010). Since observations are fairly recent, and the full extent and size of the populations have not been determined, long-term trends are unclear.