Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Arthropoda Insecta Odonata Coenagrionidae

Scientific Name: Agriocnemis palaeforma
Species Authority: Pinhey, 1959
Common Name(s):
English Papyrus Wisp

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Near Threatened ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2008-02-15
Assessor(s): Clausnitzer, V.
Reviewer(s): Tchibozo, S., Ogbogu, S.S. & Smith, K. (IUCN Freshwater Biodiversity Unit)
The species is assessed as Near Threatened in view of it paucity of records. A wider distribution in other papyrus swamps is assumed and more surveys might show that the species qualifies for Least Concern. Nevertheless, the papyrus swamps in Uganda have experienced a rapid decline recently, which gives cause for concern, and the habitat could be rapidly lost.
Previously published Red List assessments:
2006 Near Threatened (NT)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: The species has been recorded from Bwindi, western Uganda (Papyrus swamps in Victoria basin). It has not been recorded from the central Africa region, but it is likely to be found in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.
Countries occurrence:
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Population [top]

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

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: A specialist of papyrus swamps.
Systems: Terrestrial; Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): At present the habitat is not threatened. However, drainage (e.g., for agriculture or industry), urbanization and fire are potential threats to the habitat and therefore could affect the species. Water pollution is known to be a threat to the species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: No information available. Further research into the species habitat, ecology, range and population is required.

Citation: Clausnitzer, V. 2010. Agriocnemis palaeforma. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T59804A12028141. . Downloaded on 09 October 2015.
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