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Petalura pulcherrima

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA ARTHROPODA INSECTA ODONATA PETALURIDAE

Scientific Name: Petalura pulcherrima
Species Authority: Tillyard, 1913
Common Name(s):
English Beautiful Petaltail
Taxonomic Notes: The species was recognized and described by Tillyard (1913), from material collected from Cooktown and Kuranda.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Endangered B1ab(iii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2009
Date Assessed: 2007-07-20
Assessor(s): Hawking, J.
Reviewer(s): Clausnizter, V. & Kalkman, V. (Odonata Red List Authority)
Justification:
Previously listed as Endangered in 1996 and no additional information is available since this last assessment. It is only known from the coastal parts of the northeast of Australia, where its habitat is already severely fragmented due to human interference. The quality of the habitat continues to decline because of timber harvesting, urban development for tropical resorts and tourism on the rainforests.
History:
1996 Endangered (Baillie and Groombridge 1996)
1996 Endangered
1994 Insufficiently Known (Groombridge 1994)
1990 Insufficiently Known (IUCN 1990)
1988 Vulnerable (IUCN Conservation Monitoring Centre 1988)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is endemic to Australia; Cape York Peninsula and northeastern Queensland (Theischinger and Hawking 2006).
Countries:
Native:
Australia (Queensland)
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Population [top]

Population: A scarce species with an unknown population trend.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Adults are usually found along rainforest streams (Theischinger and Hawking 2006).
Systems: Terrestrial; Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The continued change in how the habitat is managed is going to have a negative effect on the species, so to is the small-scale logging of the forest habitats.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: There are no plans in place to cease the small-scale deforestation of habitat, or to stop the development of tourist lodges in the species habitat, although research is needed to see what effect this is having on Petalura pulcherrima.

Citation: Hawking, J. 2009. Petalura pulcherrima. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 01 August 2014.
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