The Leibniz Institute for the Analysis of Biodiversity Change

is a research museum of the Leibniz Association

Biodiversity of New Guinea dragonflies



Quick facts

Project title: 
Biodiversity, Taxonomy, Systematics and Biogeography of the dragonflies (Odonata) of New Guinea
ZFMK Project lead: 


Taxonomic and phylogenetic studies on dragonflies (Odonata) of New Guinea serve to reconstruct their ancestral distribution areas in a geologically extremely dynamic region. This work contributes to elucidating the biogeographic history and the geographical and geological development of the Tertiary Melanesian island arc systems. The description of new species of damselflies (Zygoptera) and the analysis of biodiversity data provides an important basis for conservation in this region.


Contact person

Guest Researcher
+49 228 9122-212
d.gassmann [at]