|Scientific Name:||Mortonagrion ceylonicum|
|Species Authority:||Lieftinck, 1971|
|Red List Category & Criteria:||Data Deficient ver 3.1|
|Reviewer(s):||Kalkman, V. & Clausnitzer, V. (Odonata Red List Authority)|
Only known from type locality. No exhaustive and targeted odonatological faunistic survey, covering appropriate localities in different seasons, has been made by odonatologists in order to find the populations of the species. It is uncertain if it is genuinely rare of merely overlooked. The species is therefore considered Data Deficient.
|Range Description:||Endemic to Sri Lanka and only known from type locality (Kadaimparu, Puttalam District). Small, apparently rare and inconspicuous species, which is seldom collected and photographed. First record of supposed Mortonagrion sp. from Sri Lanka originates from Laidlaw (1924), who listed a single female collected in Galle District as “? Genus ? Species”. A specimen of Mortonagrion cf. ceylonicum from Colombo District is present in National Museum of Natural History - Smithsonian Institution (USA) (accessed by M. Bedjanic between 2007-2009) but its identity is not confirmed. Recently, the species was not recorded during the author’s surveys in last years (1995, 2001, 2003), but on the other hand, the appropriate type of habitat was not researched well. Two recent photographic records of Mortonagrion sp. by Karen Conniff come from Galle and Colombo Districts. Since the female is still undescribed the determination is difficult to confirm. However, the observed characters do not agree with original description completely, so it might even be possible that there are actually two Mortonagrion species in Sri Lanka.|
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|Population:||Population size and trend is unknown.|
|Habitat and Ecology:||Exact habitat unknown, most probably estuarine lagoons, marshes and lakes in the lowlands of Sri Lanka. Special vegetation structures or microhabitat determinants unknown. Female and larval form undescribed.|
|Major Threat(s):||Threats to this species are unknown. The general type of habitat listed above is not rare in the lowlands of western Sri Lanka. However, without knowledge of specific ecological demands of the species, it is impossible to define the threats although it is thought future industrial development of the area is a possibility.|
Apart from the general conservation guidelines, no
"site specific single-species-oriented” conservation measures can be
proposed for the moment. Many of the estuarine lagoons and wetlands are important from the ornithological point of view and some already have at least formal nature conservation status (Bedjanic 2004).
|Citation:||Bedjanič, M. 2009. Mortonagrion ceylonicum. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 20 September 2014.|
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