Overview

Distribution

Range Description

Orthetrum cancellatum is a widespread European species which occurs eastwards over central Asia (Baijal and Agarwal 1955, Calvert 1898, Dasgupta 1957, Fraser 1918, 1936; Kumar 1982, Kumar and Prasad 1981, Mitra 2002, Singh et al. 1955) to the northern parts of China and Arunachal Pradesh in India (Mitra 2002). It is found throughout European continent (Benken 1980, Buczynski and Pakulnicka 2000, Fraser 1918, 1936; Huber 2000, Kormann 1966, Ris 1909, Tsuda 1991) including the Mediterranean islands (Fraser 1936) but is absent in the north of Britain and the northern half of Fennoscandia.
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Ecology

Habitat

Habitat and Ecology

Habitat and Ecology
The species is found in largely unshaded standing or slow-flowing waters.

Systems
  • Terrestrial
  • Freshwater
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Molecular Biology and Genetics

Molecular Biology

Statistics of barcoding coverage: Orthetrum cancellatum

Barcode of Life Data Systems (BOLDS) Stats
Public Records: 0
Specimens with Barcodes: 1
Species With Barcodes: 1
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Conservation

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List Assessment


Red List Category
LC
Least Concern

Red List Criteria

Version
3.1

Year Assessed
2010

Assessor/s
Mitra, A.

Reviewer/s
Dow, R.A., Clausnitzer, V., Brooks, E., Kakkasery, F., Babu, R. & Mondal, S.

Contributor/s

Justification
Orthetrum cancellatum is common and widespread across Europe and Asia and is not under any specific threat. Therefore, the species is listed as Least Concern.
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Population

Population
This is one of the most common European species. It frequently occurs in large populations.

Population Trend
Stable
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Threats

Major Threats
No information is available on any existing threat.
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Management

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions
No specific actions are needed.
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Wikipedia

Black-tailed Skimmer

The black-tailed skimmer, Orthetrum cancellatum, is a European and Asian dragonfly. It occurs nearly all over Europe except northern UK and Scandinavia; to the east, the range extends to Kashmir and Mongolia.

The adult male has a blue abdomen with a black tip and transparent wings, and the female has a yellow (later: brown) body with black bands along the abdomen and transparent wings. Even the immature males look that way.

This species has expanded its range, assisted by the creation of gravel pits which give it the extensive open unvegetated areas it prefers. It was first recorded in Great Britain in Essex in 1934. It is decreasing rapidly in the Maltese Islands.

References[edit]

  • "Orthetrum cancellatum". British Dragonfly Society. Retrieved 14 October 2010. 
  • Klaas-Douwe B Dijkstra, Richard Lewington, 2006: Field Guide to the Dragonflies of Britain and Europe. British Wildlife Publishing, Gillingham.
  • A. Sciberras, 2008: A Contribution To The Knowledge Of Odonata In The Maltese Islands. The Central Mediterranean Naturalist 4(4): 275-288.


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