Orthetrum sabina


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Orthetrum sabina
Species Authority: (Drury, 1773)
Common Name(s):
English Slender Skimmer
Taxonomic Notes: A subspecies Orthetrum sabina viduatum Lieftinck, 1942, has been described from the highlands of central New Guinea. It is sometimes regarded as a synonym of O. sabina (Drury, 1773) ( A genetic study of the species throughout its huge range is needed to understand its variability and possible subspeciation.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2013
Date Assessed: 2009-10-11
Assessor(s): Mitra, A.
Reviewer(s): Allen, D., Dow, R.A., Clausnitzer, V. & García, N.
Contributor(s): Boudot, J.-P., Schneider, W. & Samraoui, B.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Alomari, K.
This is a very widespread species that is well adapted to various kinds of habitats in fresh and brackish waters, including disturbed ones. It is assessed as Least Concern.
2010 Least Concern

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Orthetrum sabina is an oriental species showing a huge range going from Australia, Japan and Micronesia to North Africa.
Afghanistan; Algeria; Armenia (Armenia); Australia (New South Wales, Northern Territory, Queensland, Western Australia); Azerbaijan; Bahrain; Bangladesh; Bhutan; Brunei Darussalam; Cambodia; Chad; China (Fujian, Guangdong, Guangxi, Hainan, Hubei, Sichuan, Yunnan); Cyprus; Egypt (Egypt (African part), Sinai); Eritrea; Ethiopia; Georgia (Abkhaziya, Adzhariya, Gruziya); Greece; Hong Kong; India (Assam, Bihar, Himachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Punjab, Tripura, Uttaranchal, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal); Indonesia (Bali, Jawa, Kalimantan, Lesser Sunda Is., Maluku, Papua, Sulawesi, Sumatera); Iran, Islamic Republic of; Iraq; Israel; Japan; Jordan; Kazakhstan; Kuwait; Lao People's Democratic Republic; Lebanon; Libya; Malaysia (Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah, Sarawak); Micronesia, Federated States of ; Myanmar; Nepal; New Caledonia; Oman; Pakistan; Papua New Guinea (Papua New Guinea (main island group)); Philippines; Qatar; Russian Federation; Samoa; Saudi Arabia; Singapore; Solomon Islands; Somalia; Sri Lanka; Sudan; Syrian Arab Republic; Taiwan, Province of China; Tajikistan; Thailand; Timor-Leste; Tunisia; Turkey (Turkey-in-Asia); Turkmenistan; United Arab Emirates; Uzbekistan; Viet Nam; Yemen (North Yemen, Socotra, South Yemen)
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Population [top]

Population: This is a very common species over much of its huge range.
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species occupies a broad range of slow flowing and still water habitats, from ponds and lakes to wet rice fields, irrigation ditch and marshes. It is very tolerant of high salt contents and to habitat disturbance.
Systems: Terrestrial; Freshwater

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: This species is not utilized.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): This species is not threatened.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: No conservation measures are needed but a study about the genetic variability or homogeneity of the species throughout its range is recommended.

Citation: Mitra, A. 2013. Orthetrum sabina. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 01 September 2015.
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