Nesciothemis minor 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Arthropoda Insecta Odonata Libellulidae

Scientific Name: Nesciothemis minor Gambles, 1966
Regional Assessments:
Common Name(s):
English Small Blacktail
Taxonomic Notes: This is a western Africa species and further taxonomic work is needed to confirm its occurrence within the southern Africa region.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2006-07-08
Needs updating
Assessor(s): Suhling, F. & Dijkstra, K.-D.B.
Reviewer(s): Amakye, J.S., Ogbogu, S.S., Tchibozo, S. & Smith, K. (IUCN Freshwater Biodiversity Unit)
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.

This species is known only from one record within the southern Africa region. However, this is known as a western African species, therefore the specimen from the Okavango Delta should be investigated further to confirm it is in fact this species. Until then, this cannot be assessed regionally in any category other than Data Deficient.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This is a western African species, present in Nigeria, Ghana, Liberia and Cote D'Ivoire.

In southern Africa, the only record for this species is one specimen from the Okavango Delta, Botswana (Pinhey 1976), however there are taxonomic doubts over this record, therefore the occurrence of the species in the region remains unconfirmed.

There is also a new record from the Central African Republic.
Countries occurrence:
Cameroon; Central African Republic; Côte d'Ivoire; Ghana; Liberia; Nigeria
Additional data:
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Population [top]

Population:Population size and trends are unknown.
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:The species is known from wetlands.
Systems:Terrestrial; Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Unknown.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Taxonomic work is needed to identify the record within the Okavango Delta. If it is confirmed, more research will be necessary to gather data on range, population status, habitat and threats.

Citation: Suhling, F. & Dijkstra, K.-D.B. 2010. Nesciothemis minor. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T168008A6439440. . Downloaded on 22 April 2018.
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