Odonata Central

Latest version published by Odonata Central on Jul 22, 2024 Odonata Central
Publication date:
22 July 2024
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This citizen science web site is focused on expanding our understanding of the distribution, biogeography, biodiversity, and identification of Odonata (dragonflies and damselflies) in the Western Hemisphere. Citizen scientists are encouraged to contribute their Odonata observations to the database using a web-based interface for submission. These observations may be human observation only or may be vouchered by photographs or specimens. An expert team of vetters reviews records of the rarer species and either accepts or declines the record based on the documentation. Declined records are not uploaded to GBIF. Odonata Central was started in 2003 but older records are accepted into the database.

Data Records

The data in this occurrence resource has been published as a Darwin Core Archive (DwC-A), which is a standardized format for sharing biodiversity data as a set of one or more data tables. The core data table contains 360,092 records.

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The publisher and rights holder of this work is Odonata Central. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial (CC-BY-NC 4.0) License.

GBIF Registration

This resource has been registered with GBIF, and assigned the following GBIF UUID: 3ab13bbb-8efa-4f6a-838b-b6a8eaa3f4df.  Odonata Central publishes this resource, and is itself registered in GBIF as a data publisher endorsed by GBIF-US.


Occurrence; Observation; Occurrence


John Abbott
  • User
Chief Curator & Director of Research and Collections
The University of Alabama
John Abbott

Additional Metadata

Alternative Identifiers 3ab13bbb-8efa-4f6a-838b-b6a8eaa3f4df