Libellula quadrimaculata


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Libellula quadrimaculata
Species Authority: Linnaeus, 1758
Common Name(s):
English Four-spotted Chaser, Four-spotted Skimmer
French La Quadrimaculée, Libellule Quadrimaculée
Libellula maculata Harris, 1782
Libellula quadrimaculata subspecies asahinai Schmidt, 1957
Libellula relicta Belyshev, 1973

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2010-02-27
Assessor(s): Dow, R.A.
Reviewer(s): Clausnitzer, V. & Brooks, E.
Libellula quadrimaculata is very widespread and common over much of its range, with no threats across its range and is assessed as Least Concern.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Libellula quadrimaculata has a wide range and occurs from Europe and Morocco to Kamchatka and Japan, and to Canada and the USA. The species is widespread and common across most of its range, but becomes scarcer towards the south.
Albania; Austria; Belarus; Belgium; Bosnia and Herzegovina; Bulgaria; Canada; China; Croatia; Czech Republic; Denmark; Estonia; Finland; France (Corsica, France (mainland)); Germany; Greece (Greece (mainland)); Guernsey; Hungary; India (Jammu-Kashmir); Ireland; Isle of Man; Italy (Italy (mainland), Sicilia - Regionally Extinct); Japan; Jersey; Latvia; Lithuania; Luxembourg; Macedonia, the former Yugoslav Republic of; Moldova; Mongolia; Montenegro; Morocco; Nepal; Netherlands; Norway; Pakistan; Poland; Portugal (Portugal (mainland)); Romania; Russian Federation; Serbia (Serbia); Slovakia; Slovenia; Spain (Spain (mainland)); Sweden; Switzerland; Turkey; Ukraine (Krym, Ukraine (main part)); United Kingdom (Great Britain); United States
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Population [top]

Population: This species is very common over much of its range, and occurs in large populations.
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species is widespread and generally abundant in any kind of standing and most slow-flowing waters often with well developed vegetation, although its habitat preferences vary over its range.
Systems: Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no threats known to this species across its range.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: No conservation measures are needed.

Citation: Dow, R.A. 2010. Libellula quadrimaculata. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 02 September 2015.
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