Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Arthropoda Insecta Odonata Libellulidae

Scientific Name: Orthemis ferruginea
Species Authority: (Fabricius, 1775)
Common Name(s):
English Roseate Skimmer
Libellula ferruginea Fabricius, 1775

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2009
Date Assessed: 2007-03-01
Assessor(s): Paulson, D. R.
Reviewer(s): Clausnitzer, V. & Kalkman, V. (Odonata Red List Authority)
O. ferruginea is widespread and common throughout its range and has been found farther north in successive decades after first appearing in Florida in the 20th Century.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: The species is found throughout the United States of America, Mexico and Mesoamerica including the following locations: Cayo, Corozal, Orange Walk, Stann Creek and Toledo in Belize; Guanacaste and Puntarenas in Costa Rica; Libertad in El Salvador; Izabal and Petén in Guatemala and Rivas in Nicaragua.
Countries occurrence:
Belize; Costa Rica; Cuba; El Salvador; Guatemala; Honduras; Mexico (Aguascalientes, Baja California Sur, Campeche, Chiapas, Chihuahua, Coahuila, Colima, Durango, Guerrero, Hidalgo, Jalisco, México Distrito Federal, Michoacán, Morelos, Nayarit, Nuevo León, Oaxaca, Puebla, Querétaro, Quintana Roo, San Luis Potosí, Sinaloa, Sonora, Tabasco, Tamaulipas, Veracruz, Yucatán); Nicaragua; United States (Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, Utah)
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Population [top]

Population: O. ferruginea is abundant and widespread; it appears to favour landscapes affected by some human alteration.
Current Population Trend: Stable
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species has a very broad habitat tolerance, prefers mud bottoms for larval habitat. Ponds, ditches of all size, and open marshes with mud bottoms, also scummy stock tanks and slow-flowing streams. May be tall emergent vegetation or virtually none, but open water seems necessary. Completely open or wooded country. May breed in very small, including artificial, water bodies.
Systems: Terrestrial; Freshwater
Generation Length (years): 1

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no threats presently affecting this species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: There are no conservation actions needed or in place for this species.

Citation: Paulson, D. R. 2009. Orthemis ferruginea. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2009: e.T164944A5943471. . Downloaded on 07 October 2015.
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