Overview

Distribution

Range Description

This is one of the most common species in Africa and is widespread throughout the African continent, except in dense forests. It reaches southern Europe, the Middle East and the whole Arabian Peninsula.
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Ecology

Habitat

Habitat and Ecology

Habitat and Ecology
The species is known from any kind of standing and slow-flowing fresh and brackish waters, except in dense rainforest areas (such as the Congo Basin).

Systems
  • Terrestrial
  • Freshwater
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Molecular Biology and Genetics

Molecular Biology

Statistics of barcoding coverage: Orthetrum chrysostigma

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., Samraoui, B., Suhling, F., Dijkstra, K.-D.B. & Schneider, W.

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

Contributor/s

Justification
This is a widespread species with no known major widespread threats that is 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
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Population

Population
This species is omnipresent almost anywhere with large populations all over its range. No decline is expected at the global scale.

Population Trend
Stable
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Threats

Major Threats
Orthetrum chrysostigma is not threatened at the global scale, although local declines may occur due to habitat destruction and water pollution.
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Management

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions
This species does not need conservation plans or further research
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Wikipedia

Orthetrum chrysostigma

Orthetrum Chrysostigma from Canary Islands
young male
matured male

The Epaulet Skimmer, Orthetrum chrysostigma, is a species of dragonfly in family Libellulidae. It is found in Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ivory Coast, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Liberia, Libya, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and possibly Burundi as well as Canary Islands and Portugal. It was recently recorded in the Maltese Islands in 2010.

Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests, dry savanna, moist savanna, subtropical or tropical dry shrubland, subtropical or tropical moist shrubland, rivers, intermittent rivers, shrub-dominated wetlands, swamps, freshwater lakes, intermittent freshwater lakes, freshwater marshes, intermittent freshwater marshes, and freshwater springs. The adults prey on various flying insects, with the bodies of the males being vivid blue and those of the females a bright green color.

References[edit]

GAUCI, C. & SCIBERRAS, A. (2010) First Records of Orthetrum chrysostigma (Odonata:Libellulidae) Burmeister, 1839 in the Maltese Islands. Central Mediterranean Naturalist 5(2):78-80. Nature Trust Malta publications.

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