Selysiothemis nigra 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Arthropoda Insecta Odonata Libellulidae

Scientific Name: Selysiothemis nigra (Vander Linden, 1825)
Regional Assessments:
Common Name(s):
English Black Pennant

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2013
Date Assessed: 2010-03-01
Assessor(s): Dow, R.A.
Reviewer(s): Allen, D., Clausnitzer, V. & García, N.
Contributor(s): Boudot, J.-P., Samraoui, B. & Schneider, W.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Alomari, K.
Selysiothemis nigra is a very mobile species (nomadic and migrant) which is adapted to colonize new and ephemeral waters. It is widely scattered, and although it appears to be rather specialized in habitat and to be under some threat in the Mediterranean part of its range due to infrastructure development, it does not appear to be threatened at the global scale. It is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a threatened category and is therefore assessed Least Concern at the global scale.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:The main area of distribution of Selysiothemis nigra is in Central Asia, the Middle East, the Mediterranean and the Black Sea region. Its European distribution is mostly confined to coastal areas, except in Spain and parts of Italy. The species is known from all European Mediterranean countries with the exception of France and Slovenia. It is widespread in the Middle East and occurs as far east as Kashmir and Rajasthan in India. However it has a very scattered distribution and is rare in many countries.
Countries occurrence:
Afghanistan; Algeria; Azerbaijan; Bosnia and Herzegovina; China (Xinjiang); Croatia; Cyprus; Egypt; Greece (East Aegean Is., Greece (mainland), Kriti); India (Jammu-Kashmir, Rajasthan); Iran, Islamic Republic of; Iraq; Israel; Italy (Italy (mainland), Sardegna, Sicilia); Jordan; Kazakhstan; Kuwait; Libya; Malta; Montenegro; Morocco; Oman; Pakistan; Portugal (Portugal (mainland) - Present - Origin Uncertain); Qatar; Russian Federation (East European Russia - Vagrant, European Russia, South European Russia); Saudi Arabia; Spain (Baleares, Spain (mainland)); Syrian Arab Republic; Tajikistan; Tunisia; Turkey (Turkey-in-Asia, Turkey-in-Europe); Turkmenistan; United Arab Emirates; Uzbekistan; Yemen (North Yemen, South Yemen)
Present - origin uncertain:
Armenia; Bulgaria; Ukraine (Krym, Ukraine (main part) - Native)
Additional data:
Upper elevation limit (metres):600
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Population [top]

Population:The species has a scattered distribution with contrasting population sizes in different areas where it is resident.
Current Population Trend:Stable
Additional data:
Continuing decline of mature individuals:No
Extreme fluctuations:YesPopulation severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:Selysiothemis nigra is a nomadic and migrant species which is able to reproduce in both permanent and ephemeral fresh and brackish water bodies. It favours unshaded and shallow coastal and desert/semi-desert standing waters, but stable populations are known as well in large and deep inland lakes in Spain. Vagrants and migrants may be found anywhere.
Systems:Terrestrial; Freshwater
Continuing decline in area, extent and/or quality of habitat:No
Movement patterns:Full Migrant

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: This species is not utilized.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): In most of its Mediterranean localities, Selysiothemis nigra is dependent on coastal wetlands. Tourism development is therefore a threat to the species. The species is adapted to reproduce in ephemeral water bodies and will therefore be less impacted by climate change than other species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Coastal wetland areas are under threat in the Mediterranean due to infrastructure developments, especially for tourism. Limiting the amount of infrastructure developments in coastal areas and designating protected areas is needed for species dependent on these habitats. Data on population sizes is scarce and fieldwork is needed. Information on habitat requirements is largely absent and no information on trends is available.

Citation: Dow, R.A. 2013. Selysiothemis nigra. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2013: e.T165471A17537803. . Downloaded on 21 September 2018.
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