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Chlorolestes draconicus

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA ARTHROPODA INSECTA ODONATA SYNLESTIDAE

Scientific Name: Chlorolestes draconicus
Species Authority: Balinsky, 1956
Common Name/s:
English Drakensberg Malachite
Synonym/s:
Chlorolestes draconica Balinsky, 1956 [orth. error]

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2007-04-01
Assessor/s: Samways, M.J.
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:
In 1996, Chlorolestes draconicus was assessed as Lower Risk, Near Threatened (LR/nt). Since then, further subpopulations have been found, all in a large protected area of the Drakensberg. Also, the habitat is being improved through removal of alien pine trees through the "Working for Water" programme. Its distribution range is 20,000 km², population is estimated at greater than 12,000 and is now stable. Therefore, it is currently assessed as Least Concern.
History:
2007 Least Concern
2004 Least Concern
1994 Rare (Groombridge 1994)
1990 Rare (IUCN 1990)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is now known to be widespread throughout high elevation (higher than 1,700 m asl) in Lesotho, South African Drakensberg Mountains.
Countries:
Native:
Lesotho; South Africa
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Population [top]

Population: The population is probably at least 10,000 individuals and stable.
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Clear, high montane streams (higher than 1,700 m asl) with an abundance of fringing grasses, herbs and bushes.
Systems: Terrestrial; Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): With proclamation of the transfrontier Drakensberg Park, a huge area is now protected which adequately conserves this species. Invasive pine trees were formerly a threat, but these are now being removed.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Much of the population occurs within protected areas. Invasive trees are being removed. No additional measures are currently required for this species.
Citation: Samways, M.J. 2010. Chlorolestes draconicus. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 24 April 2014.
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