By Hareth Al Bustani
A species of dragonfly once thought to be extinct has been seen in the UAE for the first time.
The urothemis thomasi dragonfly was found in Wadi Wurayah National Park, Fujairah, by the ecologist and wadi research consultant Dr Jacky Judas.
Dr Judas discovered the specimen while taking photographs of the wadi's native dragonflies. One of his photos showed a unfamiliar species with cross-veins on its lower wing.
After checking with an expert at the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Dr Judas revealed the dragonfly was a male urothemis thomasi.
The species had previously been recorded only at eight sites in Oman and has not been seen anywhere since 1957, according to the IUCN.
An ischnura nursei, a small colourful damselfly found in Pakistan, India and Iran, has also been spotted for the first time in the UAE, at another site in Fujairah.
"These latest exciting discoveries give further evidence that Wadi Wurayah is an exceptional site for wildlife. More....