The Perilestidae are a family of damselflies commonly known as shortwings and twigtails.[1] It is a small family of around 19 species.[2] All extant species are native to the Neotropical realm. In the past Nubiolestes of Africa was included in this family,[2] but this is doubted. Palaeoperilestes electronicus is an extinct species described from mid-Cretaceous Burmese amber.[3]

Temporal range: Cenomanian–Recent
Perissolestes guianensis.jpg
Perissolestes guianensis
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Odonata
Suborder: Zygoptera
Family: Perilestidae
Kennedy, 1920

These damselflies are short-winged and have very long, slender, color-banded abdomens.[1] They live in dense forest habitat and rest with their abdomens hanging vertically.[4]


The family Perilestidae include the following genera:[5]


  1. ^ a b Haber, W. and Wagner, D. Perilestidae: Shortwings. Dragonflies and Damselflies of Ecuador.
  2. ^ a b Neiss, U. G. and Neusa, H. (2010). The larva of Perilestes attenuatus Selys, 1886 (Odonata: Perilestidae) from Amazonas, Brazil. Zootaxa 2614 53-58.
  3. ^ Zheng, Daran; Wang, Bo; Jarzembowski, Edmund A.; Chang, Su-Chin; Nel, André (2016-10-01). "The first fossil Perilestidae (Odonata: Zygoptera) from mid-Cretaceous Burmese amber" (PDF). Cretaceous Research. 65: 199–205. doi:10.1016/j.cretres.2016.05.002. hdl:10722/231813.
  4. ^ Machado, A. (2015). Perilestes eustaquioi sp. nov. and new distributional records of Perilestidae (Odonata) in Brazil. Zoologia (Curitiba), 32(5), 428-430.
  5. ^ Schorr, Martin; Paulson, Dennis. "World Odonata List". Slater Museum of Natural History. University of Puget Sound. Retrieved 4 April 2017.