Xin YU


My research scope includes Insect taxonomy, evolution, phylogeny, phylogeography, behaviour, wetland conservation and assesment.

I achieved my PhD degree in 2008 from the College of Life Sciences of Nankai University. From 2008 to 2011, I finished my postdoctoral research in College of Environmental Science and Engineering of Nankai University, focusing on freshwater biomonitoring using benthic macroinvertebrates. From 2011 to 2017 I worked, as a faculty member, in the College of Life Sciences of Nankai University. Since September, 2017 I works as a faculty member in the College of Life Sciences of Chongqing Normal University. From 2019 to 2020 I worked as a postdoctor in profosser Adolfo Cordero-Rivera's ECOEVO lab in Vigo University, Spain.


  • Stability of diagnostic morphological characters in Ceriagrion larvae (Odonata: Zygoptera). Acta Hydrobiologica Sinica, 46.
  • Iago Sanmartín-Villar, Xin Yu, and Adolfo Cordero-Rivera, 2022. Direct and cross-generational effects of reproduction on fitness and behavioural variability in male-biased environments. Current Zoology, XX, 1-15. doi/10.1093/cz/zoac045/6604350
  • Xin Yu*, Linyan Li & Haijun Gu, 2022. Ophiogomphus tibeticus sp. nov. from Sichuan, China. Zootaxa 5213 (5): 569–577.
  • Yu, X., Chen, X. Y. and Zhang, M. 2021. A Preliminary Guide of Taxonomy of Odonata. Bio-101 e1010677. Doi: 10.21769/BioProtoc. 1010677. (in Chinese)Download
  • Xin Yu & Matti H?m?l?inen, 2021. Longinos Navás’s Odonata species from China: Notes on three synonymies in Platycnemididae, including the synonymy of Pseudocopera tokyoensis (Asahina, 1948). Odonatologica 50(1/2), 115-129, DOI:10.5281/zenodo.4746252
  • Zhang H, Ning X, Yu X*, Bu W-J. 2021. Integrative species delimitation based on COI, ITS, and morphological evidence illustrates a unique evolutionary history of the genus Paracercion (Odonata: Coenagrionidae). PeerJ 9:e11459, DOI 10.7717/peerj.11459Download
  • Xin Yu, 2021. A survey of Odonata diversity in Zoige wetland, Sichuan Province, China. IDF-Report 158, 1-22.Download
  • Xin Yu* & Junli Xue, 2020. A review of the damselfly genus Megalestes Selys, 1862 (Insecta: Odonata: Zygoptera: Synlestidae) using integrative taxonomic methods. Zootaxa, 4851 (2), 245-270,
  • Xueyi Chen & Xin Yu*, 2020. A description of the final stadium larva of Calicnemia gulinensis Yu & Bu, 2008 (Odonata: Platycnemididae), International Journal of Odonatology, 23(2), 191-197, DOI: 10.1080/13887890.2020.1760949Download
  • Yao Ji & Xin Yu*, 2019. Molecular test shows the color pattern is not so reliable in diagnostic of genus Dysphaea Selys (Odonata: Euphaeidae). Zoological Systematics, 44(2): 91-99.Download
  • Junli Xue, Haiguang Zhang, Xin Ning, Wenjun Bu, Xin Yu*, 2019. Evolutionary history of a beautiful damselfly, Matrona basilaris, revealed by phylogeographic analyses: the first study of an odonate species in mainland China. Heredity, 122, 570-581,
  • Ning Xin, Cheng Cheng, Yu Xin*, Bu Wen-Jun. A research of color pattern variation on thorax of Coeliccia cyanomelas (Odonata: Coenagrionoidea: Platycnemididae). Journal of Environmental Entomology, 41(3), 566-573. doi: 10. 3969/j.issn.1674-0858.2019.03.17Download
  • Xin Yu, Min Zhang & Xin Ning, 2019. A study of Coeliccia cyanomelas Ris, 1912 (Odonata: Platycnemididiae). International Journal of Odonatology, 22(3-4), 155-165.
  • Runxi Wang, Xin Yu*, Junli Xue & Xin Ning, 2017. Descriptions of larvae of Vestalaria venusta (Hamalainen, 2004) and Matrona basilaris Selys, 1853 (Odonata: Calopterygidae). Zootaxa, 4306 (4), 580-592,
  • Junli Xue, Xin Yu*, Haiguang Zhang, Xin Chen & Wenjun Bu, 2017. Population genetics and ecological niche modeling shed light on conservation of the island endemic damselfly Pseudolestes mirabilis (Odonata, Pseudolestidae). Hydrobiologia, 790:273–286 [doi 10.1007/s10750-016-3038-6].Download
  • Xin Yu, 2016. A description of the larva of Mesopodagrion tibetanum australe (Odonata: “Megapodagrionidae”), International Journal of Odonatology, 19:4, 275-282 [doi: 10.1080/13887890.2016.1259663].Download
  • Xin Ning, Tom Kompier, Xin Yu* & Wenjun Bu, 2016. Paracercion ambiguum sp. nov. from Lang Son, Vietnam (Zygoptera: Coenagrionidae). Zootaxa, 4144 (2), 263-275.
  • Xin Yu, 2015. First record of Ceriagrion fallax Ris (Odonata: Coenagrionidae) preying on small web-building spiders (Arachnida: Tetragnathidae). International Journal of Odonatology, 18(2), 153-156.Download
  • Xin Yu*, Junli Xue, Matti Hamalainen, Yang Liu and Wenjun Bu*, 2015. A revised classification of the genus Matrona Selys, 1853 using molecular and morphological methods (Odonata: Calopterygidae). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 174, 473-486.Download
  • XinYu & Wenjun Bu, 2014. Notes on the retractabilty of gill tufts in Pseudolestes mirabilis (Zygoptera: Pseudolestidae). International Journal of Odonatology, 17, Nos. 2-3, 123-126.Download
  • Gengping Zhu*, Xin Yu* and Wenjun Bu, 2014. Ecology and conservation of Pseudolestes mirabilis (Odonata: Zygoptera), a damselfly endemic to Hainan Island of China. Entomological Science, doi:10.1111/ens.12091.Download
  • Jin Chen & Xin Yu*, 2013. Odonata diversity of the middle and lower reaches of the Red River basin, Yunnan, China. Journal of Insect Biodiversity 1(9), 1-11.Download
  • Xin Yu* & Jin Chen, 2013. Calicnemia soccifera sp. nov. from Yunnan, China (Zygoptera: Platycnemididae). International Journal of Odonatology, 16(2), 183-188. (doi: 10.1080/13887890.2013.796275)Download
  • Xin YU, Wenjun BU & ZHU Lin*, 2012. Research advances in eco-environment assessment using dragonfly as a bioindicator. Chinese Journal of Ecology, 31(6), 1585-1590.Download
  • Xin Yu & Matti Hamalainen, 2012. A description of Echo perornata spec. nov. from Xizang (Tibet), China (Odonata: Calopterygidae). Zootaxa, 3218: 40-46. Download
  • Xin YU & Wenjun BU, 2011. A description of the remarkable larva of Pseudolestes mirabilis Kirby (Odonata: Pseudolestidae). International Journal of Odonatology, 14(2): 105-110. [doi: 10.1080/13887890.2011.592486]. Download
  • Matti Hamalainen, Xin Yu & Haomiao Zhang, 2011. Descriptions of Matrona oreades spec. nov. and Matrona corephaea spec. nov. from China (Odonata: Calopterygidae). Zootaxa, 2830: 20–28. Download
  • Xin YU & Wenjun BU, 2011. Chinese damselflies of the genus Coenagrion (Zygoptera: Coenagrionidae). Zootaxa, 2808: 31-40. Download
  • Xin YU & Wenjun BU, 2011. A preliminary phylogenetic study of Megapodagrionidae with focus on the Chinese genera Sinocnemis Wilson & Zhou and Priscagrion Zhou & Wilson (Odonata: Zygptera). Hydrobiologia, 665: 195-203. [doi: 10.1007/s10750-011-0622-7]. Download
  • Xin YU & Wenjun BU, 2009. Description of two new damselflies, Protosticta zhengi and Sinosticta sylvatica, from China (Odonata: Zygoptera: Platystictidae). Zootaxa, 2245: 54-58. Download
  • Xin YU & Wenjun BU, 2009. A Revision of Mesopodagrion McLachlan, 1896 (Odonata: Zygoptera: Megapodagrionidae). Zootaxa, 2202: 59-68. Download
  • Xin YU & Wenjun BU, 2008. A study on the genus Calicnemia Strand in China, with the descriptions of two new species (Zygoptera: Platycnemididae). Odonatologica, 37(3), 247-255.
  • Xin YU, 2008. Ovipositing of Ischnura aurora. ECHO, 5: 2.
  • Xin YU & Wenjun BU, 2007. Two new species of Coenagrion Kirby, 1890, from China (Odonata: Zygoptera: Coenagrionidae). Zootaxa, 1664: 55-59. Download
  • Xin YU & Wenjun BU, 2010. Insects of Fengyang Mountain (Odonata). [in publishing]
  • Xin YU & Wenjun BU, 2009. Odonata, In Yiping Wang Edit, Insects and assessment of forest health of Wuyan Mountain, Zhejiang. Beijing: Publishing House of Science: 45-51.
  • Xin YU, Guohui YANG, Wenjun BU, 2008. A study on Genus Pyrrhosoma from China with the description of a new species (Odonata, Coenagrionidae). Acta Zootaxonomica Sinica, 33(2): 358-362. Download
  • Xin YU & Wenjun BU, 2006. A Study on Odonata from Tianjin. Acta Scientiarum Naturalium Universitatis Nankaiensis 39(4):83-90. Download
  • Xin YU & Wenjun BU, 2005. Odonata: Coenagrionidae, In Maofa YANG & Daochao JIN Edit, Insects of Dashahe, Guizhou. Guiyang: Guizhou People's Publishing House: 44-46.
  • Peng LI, Xin YU & Changfa ZHOU, 2005. On the etymology of common dragonfly names in Chinese. Entomological Knowledge 42(4):475-478.