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Platycnemis pennipes

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA ARTHROPODA INSECTA ODONATA PLATYCNEMIDIDAE

Scientific Name: Platycnemis pennipes
Species Authority: (Pallas, 1771)
Infra-specific Taxa Assessed:
Common Name/s:
English Blue Featherleg
French Agrion à Larges Pattes

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2009
Date Assessed: 2007-01-24
Assessor/s: Clausnitzer, V.
Reviewer/s: Kalkman, V. & Suhling. F. (Odonata Red List Authority)
Justification:
Platycnemis pennipes is widespread and common in its range. There are no indications that it is declining although monitoring of its population and range are required to get a better understanding this species.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Platycnemis pennipes occurs from the Atlantic to the Jenisei in Siberia and is often abundant throughout its range.
Countries:
Native:
Albania; Armenia (Armenia); Azerbaijan; Belarus; Belgium; Bosnia and Herzegovina; Bulgaria; Croatia; Czech Republic; Denmark; Estonia; Finland; France; Georgia; Germany; Greece; Iraq; Kazakhstan; Kyrgyzstan; Lebanon; Liechtenstein; Lithuania; Luxembourg; Macedonia, the former Yugoslav Republic of; Moldova; Monaco; Montenegro; Norway; Poland; Romania; Russian Federation; Serbia (Serbia); Slovakia; Slovenia; Sweden; Switzerland; Syrian Arab Republic; Turkey; Ukraine; United Kingdom
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Population [top]

Population: It is considered abundant throughout its range, even though no detailed numbers of population size or trends are known.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species is characteristic of floodplains, is dominant on oxbows, rivers and open stretches of streams. Also frequently seen on lakes and a wide range of man-made habitats such as canals, gravel-pits and fish-ponds; the larvae are well adapted to occur with fish. In the north-west (for example Great Britain, The Netherlands, Scandinavia) it is almost confined to flowing waters.
Systems: Terrestrial; Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): One of the ongoing threats affecting the habitat of Platycnemis pennipes is crop production and the associated water pollution is also having a direct effect on the quality of the habitat of this species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Research into population numbers and trends of Platycnemis pennipes are underway although more extensive studies are needed, so to are conservation measures to prevent habitat loss as none are in place at present.
Citation: Clausnitzer, V. 2009. Platycnemis pennipes. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 17 April 2014.
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