Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Arthropoda Insecta Odonata Libellulidae

Scientific Name: Brachymesia gravida
Species Authority: (Calvert, 1890)
Common Name(s):
English Four-spotted Pennant
Lepthemis gravida Calvert, 1890

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)
B. gravida is widespread and common throughout its range, including many protected areas, and there is no indication of any population decline.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: The species occurs in sixteen states in the United States of America.
Countries occurrence:
United States (Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia)
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Population [top]

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

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Preferred habitat is mostly lakes, often those with relatively low odonate diversity. Also at large coastal marshes in Texas and may be on large drainage canals and artificial lakes. Tolerates high alkalinity and perhaps some salinity.
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: The species is abundant in Everglades National Park and a variety of coastal national wildlife refuges, also state parks, national forests, and other preserves. There are no species-specific conservation measures in place or needed.

Citation: Paulson, D. R. 2009. Brachymesia gravida. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2009: e.T164949A5944574. . Downloaded on 13 October 2015.
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