Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Arthropoda Insecta Odonata Libellulidae

Scientific Name: Aethiothemis basilewskyi
Species Authority: Fraser, 1954
Aethiothemis watulikii Pinhey, 1962
Taxonomic Notes: Changed from Aethiothemis watulikii Pinhey, 1962 to A. basilewskyi Fraser, 1954 for 2005 Red List. A. watulikii was described on the basis of minor colour differences to A. basilewskyi, which do not support an own species status (Dijkstra 2007). Both basilewskyi and watulikii pertain to a slender, dark Aethiothemis species, known from limited material from the Congo basin.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2009-03-18
Assessor(s): Clausnitzer, V.
Reviewer(s): Djikstra, K. D, Kipping, J., Schutte, K. (Odonata Red List Authority) & Allen, D. (Freshwater Biodiversity Unit)
The species was listed as A. watulikii in 1996, but A. watulikii is a synonym to A. basilewskyi (Dijkstra 2007). It is only known from three males from Democratic Republic of Congo, two females from northwest Zambia, and one locality in Brazzaville, Congo. A widespread distribution is expected. The species is assessed as Least Concern.
Previously published Red List assessments:
2009 Data Deficient (DD)
2006 Data Deficient (DD)
1996 Data Deficient (DD)
1996 Data Deficient (DD)
1994 Insufficiently Known (K)
1990 Insufficiently Known (K)
1988 Insufficiently Known (K)
1986 Insufficiently Known (K)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: The species is known only from single locality in the Democratic Republic of Congo and northwest Zambia (Dijkstra 2007), and the synonym from Brazzaville, Congo (and single locality outside the region in Zambia).
Countries occurrence:
Congo, The Democratic Republic of the; Zambia
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Population [top]

Population: Current population size is unknown.
Current Population Trend: Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: No information, probably occurs in swamp forests.
Systems: Terrestrial; Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): No information available.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Research into population numbers and range, biology and ecology, and habitat status would be valuable.

Citation: Clausnitzer, V. 2010. Aethiothemis basilewskyi. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T59693A11971660. . Downloaded on 07 October 2015.
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