Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Arthropoda Insecta Odonata Libellulidae

Scientific Name: Erythemis vesiculosa
Species Authority: (Fabricius, 1775)
Common Name(s):
English Great Pondhawk
Libellula vesiculosa 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)
E. vesiculosa is a widespread and common species throughout its range and there is no indication of any population decline.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species occurs in many locations across South America, the Greater and Lesser Antilles, Mesoamerica and United States of America.
Countries occurrence:
Argentina (Buenos Aires, Catamarca, Córdoba, Corrientes, Formosa, Jujuy, Misiones, Salta, Santa Fé, Santiago del Estero, Tucumán); Bahamas; Barbados; Belize; Bolivia, Plurinational States of; Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba (Saba, Sint Eustatius); Brazil (Amazonas, Rio de Janeiro); Cayman Islands; Colombia; Costa Rica; Cuba; Curaçao; Dominican Republic; Ecuador (Galápagos); El Salvador; French Guiana; Grenada; Guadeloupe; Guatemala; Guyana; Haiti; Honduras; Jamaica; Martinique; Mexico (Campeche, Chiapas, Coahuila, Colima, Durango, Guerrero, Jalisco, México Distrito Federal, México State, Morelos, Nayarit, Oaxaca, Quintana Roo, San Luis Potosí, Sinaloa, Sonora, Tamaulipas, Veracruz, Yucatán); Nicaragua; Panama; Paraguay; Peru; Puerto Rico; Saint Martin (French part); Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; Sint Maarten (Dutch part); Suriname; Trinidad and Tobago; United States (Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas); Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of; Virgin Islands, U.S.
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Population [top]

Population: E. vesiculosa is an abundant and widespread species with a stable population.
Current Population Trend: Stable
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species prefers marshy ponds, including temporary ones; also fly over pools in streams, although may not breed there.
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 present in many protected reserves in the United States (national and state parks, national wildlife refuges, private reserves). It is an abundant and widespread species, so is likely to be found in most lowland reserves throughout tropical America.

Citation: Paulson, D. R. 2009. Erythemis vesiculosa. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2009: e.T164958A5946510. . Downloaded on 07 October 2015.
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