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Hemicordulia africana

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA ARTHROPODA INSECTA ODONATA CORDULIIDAE

Scientific Name: Hemicordulia africana
Species Authority: Dijkstra, 2007
Common Name(s):
English African Emerald
Taxonomic Notes: Regarded as Hemicordulia asiatica Selys, 1878 but according to Dijkstra (pers. comm.) this is a separate species. There are major taxonomic uncertainties around this taxon.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2009-05-01
Assessor(s): Clausnitzer, V. & Suhling, F.
Reviewer(s): Dijkstra, K.-D.B., Clausnitzer, V., Suhling, F., Samways, M., Samraoui, B., Boudot, J.P., Kipping, J. (Odonata Red List Authority) & Allen, D. (IUCN Freshwater Biodiversity Unit)
Justification:
This is a widespread species with no known major widespread threats that is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a threatened category. It is therefore assessed as Least Concern.

In central Africa, it is only known from a few localities from a large range. The species is elusive and difficult to monitor, which is why it is assumed to be more common then currently known.

In southern Africa, due to major taxonomic problems this cannot be assessed beyond Data Deficient category at present.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: The species has been recorded from various localities always close to large water bodies in Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Malawi, Mozambique and South Africa.

In central Africa, it is known from Semliki National Park in north-western Uganda, which lies in the Congo Basin, presence in Democratic Republic of Congo likely.

Hemicordulia asiatica is recorded mainly along the coast of the Indian Ocean from South Africa to Kenya, also Uganda and Malawi. However, this may include more than one species (see taxonomic notes). Within the southern Africa region, it is recorded from a couple of records in South Africa only.
Countries:
Native:
Kenya; Malawi; Mozambique; South Africa; Tanzania, United Republic of; Uganda
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Population [top]

Population: No information available.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Open forest sites near large water bodies, no information on the breeding site (Tarboton and Tarboton 2002).
Systems: Terrestrial; Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): No information available.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: No conservation measures known but information on taxonomy, population ecology, habitat status and population trends would be valuable.

Citation: Clausnitzer, V. & Suhling, F. 2010. Hemicordulia africana. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 21 August 2014.
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