I have been compiling a list of the errors (both of omission and
commission) in my new book Dragonflies and Damselflies of the West
(Princeton University Press, 2009), and I decided it was about time to
make them public, with a mea culpa thrown in. I really did strive for
an error-free book, but this proved an impossible dream. Here are the
corrections to be made, and I don't doubt there are others:
DRAGONFLIES AND DAMSELFLIES OF THE WEST, by Dennis Paulson
ERRORS AND OMISSIONS
p. 66 - Black Spreadwing - should have said paraprocts of moderate
length (shorter than Northern, longer than Spotted). Also, a minority
of Black Spreadwings are spotted under the thorax much like Spotted.
131 - "Western Firetail" at top of page should be Desert Firetail.
154 - Spine-tipped Dancer - "Springwater has lower expanded part of
humeral stripe with smaller rectangle (in comparison)." Not true,
stripe essentially the same.
164 - Springwater Dancer - �Common southwestern darner� should read
274 - Should be female subgenital plates (so far the only typesetting
error I have found).
279 - Russet-tipped Clubtail - range should be extended to far
287 - Stated that ringtails and snaketails probably do not overlap in
distribution; quite incorrect.
344 - Ocellated Emerald - listed south to New Jersey in error; only
known south to Massachusetts.
354 - Mocha Emerald - female abdomen tip incorrect, a Fine-lined
Emerald by mistake; should look more like Williamson�s.
381 - Neon Skimmer - range should include most of southern California.
445 - Red-faced Dragonlet - both sexes have spot of color at hindwing
base, somewhat variable in size.
507 - Antillean Saddlebags - description should read Male: Eyes dark
reddish-purple; face brown, top of frons metallic purple. Thorax dull
reddish-brown, abdomen bright red with small black spots on top of
S8-9. Cerci very long and black, red at extreme base. Basal wing veins
I very much appreciate the efforts of those who have pointed out some
of these errors: Allen Barlow, Jerry Hatfield, Jim Johnson, Martin
Reid, Zach Smith, Gary Suttle, and Jim Walker.
And as always, sorry for the multiple posting. One post is
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