Orthetrum africanum


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Orthetrum africanum
Species Authority: (Selys, 1887)

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2009-05-01
Assessor(s): Clausnitzer, V. & Dijkstra, K.-D.B.
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)
The species is a very widespread species, however deforestation is a threat to the species and its impacts need to be monitored. It is not thought that this will cause a population decline that will qualify the species for a threatened category. Therefore, the species is assessed as Least Concern.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: The species has been recorded from Gambia to Democratic Republic of Congo.

In central Africa, it is known from Democratic Republic of Congo (Bunia, Bambesa, Eala, Bobey, Busira), Angola, Cameroon, Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Sao Tome and Principe.

In western Africa, the species is known from Gambia to Nigeria.
Angola (Angola); Benin; Cameroon; Congo; Congo, The Democratic Republic of the; Côte d'Ivoire; Equatorial Guinea; Gabon; Gambia; Ghana; Guinea; Guinea-Bissau; Liberia; Nigeria; Sao Tomé and Principe; Sierra Leone; Togo
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Population [top]

Population: No information available.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Forest streams and rivers.
Systems: Terrestrial; Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Forest destruction caused by agriculture and wood extraction are threats to the species.

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. & Dijkstra, K.-D.B. 2010. Orthetrum africanum. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 03 September 2015.
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