Orthemis regalis


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Orthemis regalis
Species Authority: Ris, 1910
Common Name(s):
English Regal Skimmer

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2009
Date Assessed: 2007-02-23
Assessor(s): von Ellenrieder, N.
Reviewer(s): Clausnitzer, V. & Paulson, D. (Odonata Red List Authority)
Extent of occurrence is 3,038,300 km² and the species is known from seven locations, one within a protected area.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Occurs in Brazil, Suriname, Venezuela, Ecuador and Peru (Ris 1910, Rácenis 1953, Soukup 1954, de Marmels 1985, D.R. Paulson pers. comm. 2006, R.W. Garrison 2006).
Brazil; Ecuador; Peru; Suriname; Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of
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Population [top]

Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Adults found on trails in forest and near pools and ponds; de Marmels (1985) mentioned a female ovipositing on a ditch of slow moving water and 20 cm deep in a forest clearing. Larva . Extreme rarity relative to other Orthemis, lack of males at wetlands, observations high in trees, and lack of flange on segment eight of female make me speculate this is usually a tree-hole breeder (D.R. Paulson pers. comm. 2006).
Systems: Freshwater

Threats [top]

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

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Present in a protected area: Reserva de Limoncocha, Napo province, Ecuador (D.R. Paulson pers. comm. 2006).

Citation: von Ellenrieder, N. 2009. Orthemis regalis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 31 March 2015.
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