Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Arthropoda Insecta Odonata Aeshnidae

Scientific Name: Aeshna palmata
Species Authority: Hagen, 1856
Common Name(s):
English Paddle-tailed Darner
Aeschna arida Kennedy, 1918
Taxonomic Source(s): Paulson, D.R. and Dunkle, S.W. 2009. A checklist of North American Odonata including English name, etymology, type locality, and distribution. Originally published as Occasional Paper No. 56, Slater Museum of Natural History, University of Puget Sound, June 1999; completely revised 2012. Available at:

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)
A. palmata is common all across western North America with no indication of any population decline nor are any threats currently identified.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Aeshna palmata occurs in three provinces and one territory in Canada, fourteen states in the United States of America and Russia in Kamchatka where it is probably not resident.
Countries occurrence:
Canada (Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Yukon); United States (Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wyoming)
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Population [top]

Population: A. palmata is an abundant and widespread species.
Current Population Trend: Stable
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Lakes, ponds, and slow streams, even small ones, usually with dense shore vegetation is the type of habitat A. palmata is usually found in. For the most part in forested landscapes, but some populations in open country. Colonizes small suburban ponds readily.
Systems: Terrestrial; Freshwater
Generation Length (years): 2-3

Threats [top]

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

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species is present in many federal, state, local, and private reserves and does not appear to need any further conservation measures.

Citation: Paulson, D. R. 2009. Aeshna palmata. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2009: e.T164945A5943869. . Downloaded on 04 October 2015.
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