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Mecistogaster ornata

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA ARTHROPODA INSECTA ODONATA COENAGRIONIDAE

Scientific Name: Mecistogaster ornata
Species Authority: Rambur, 1842
Common Name/s:
English Ornate Helicopter
Synonym/s:
Mecistogaster luctuosa Hagen in Selys, 1860

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2009
Date Assessed: 2007-02-27
Assessor/s: von Ellenrieder, N.
Reviewer/s: Clausnitzer, V. & Paulson, D. (Odonata Red List Authority)
Justification:
Known from more than 50 locations over an extent of occurrence of 6,728,500 km² and the species is present in numerous protected areas throughout its range.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Found from Mexico south to northwestern Argentina (Calvert 1909, Ris 1918, de Marmels 1988, D.R. Paulson pers. comm. 2006, Fundacion Miguel Lillo Collection 2006, R.W. Garrison 2006).
Countries:
Native:
Argentina; Brazil; Colombia; Costa Rica; Ecuador; French Guiana; Mexico; Panama; Peru; Suriname; Trinidad and Tobago; Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of
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Population [top]

Population: This species is known from over 50 locations (many being within protected areas) but there is no data available on population sizes.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Adults fly in understory of rainforest where they apparently glean spiders and wrapped spider-preys from webs (Fincke 1992). Larvae, described by Ramirez (1995), breed in water-filled holes of trees. Hedstrom and Sahlen (2001) found this species was missing entirely from non-seasonal, tropical wet lowland forest and non-seasonal, tropical moist forest at mid elevation in Costa Rica, while it was active year round in seasonal, tropical dry lowland forest and tropical semi-dry forest, as well as in seasonal, tropical moist evergreen forest and tropical montane moist forest, both at mid-elevation.
Systems: Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Threats to this species are not known.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Present in several protected areas along its distribution range: Parques Nacionales Manuel Antonio and Corcovado, Puntarenas province, Parques Nacionales Guanacaste and Santa Rosa, Guanacaste province, Reserva Los Chorros, Alajuela province, and Reserva Forestal El Rodeo, San José province, Costa Rica; Reserva Limoncocha, Napo province, Ecuador; Reserva Tambopata, Madre de Dios department, Peru; Reserva El Pantanoso and Parque Nacional Calilegua, Jujuy province, Argentina (Hedstrom and Sahlen 2001, D.R. Paulson pers. comm. 2006, Fundacion Miguel Lillo Collection 2006, R.W. Garrison 2006).
Citation: von Ellenrieder, N. 2009. Mecistogaster ornata. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 16 April 2014.
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