Overview

Distribution

Range Description

Trithemis annulata is one of the most widespread and common species in Africa, Arabia and in the Mediterranean countries. Its eastern limit is in Iran, where it begins to be replaced by its Asian close relative T. aurora.
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Ecology

Habitat

Habitat and Ecology

Habitat and Ecology
Trithemis annulata is an opportunist andubiquitousspecies which is found in any type of freshwater whether standing or running. In Tunisia imagoes have been found at brackish running waters with a salinity reaching almost 0.9%, but it is not known whether they reproduce there.The larval period is short so that the species is able to reproduce successfully in temporary water bodies.

Systems
  • Terrestrial
  • Freshwater
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Molecular Biology and Genetics

Molecular Biology

Statistics of barcoding coverage: Trithemis annulata

Barcode of Life Data Systems (BOLDS) Stats
Public Records: 0
Specimens with Barcodes: 5
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
2013

Assessor/s
Boudot, J.-P., Clausnitzer, V., Ferreira, S., Suhling, F., Dijkstra, K.-D.B., Schneider, W. & Samraoui, B.

Reviewer/s
Garca, N., Tognelli, M. & Suhling, F.

Contributor/s

Justification
This is a widespread species with no known major widespread threats and is therefore unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a threatened category. It is therefore assessed as Least Concern.

History
  • 2006
    Least Concern (LC)
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Population

Population
The species is widespread and very abundant throughout its range. It expands its range to the north due to the present global warming.

Population Trend
Increasing
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Threats

Major Threats
Trithemis annulatais not threatened at the global scale, although local decrease and extinction may occur due to habitat destruction and water pollution.
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Management

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions
This species doesn't need conservation actions but new information on its genetic variability and its relation to closely related taxa would be welcome.
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Wikipedia

Trithemis annulata

The Violet Dropwing, Trithemis annulata, is a species of dragonfly in family Libellulidae.

It is found in Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ivory Coast, Egypt, Ethiopia, France, Gambia, Ghana, Greece, Guinea, Israel, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Réunion, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and possibly Burundi. It was also recently recorded in the Maltese islands in 2005 and found breeding in 2007.

Subspecies[edit]

Trithemis annulata has three different subspecies:

References[edit]

  • Sciberras, A.; Sciberras, J. and Magro D. (2007) "A Celebration of Dragonflies". The Malta Independent. November 19, pp. 8–9.
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