Anax chloromelas


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Anax chloromelas
Species Authority: Ris, 1911
Common Name(s):
English Dark Emperor

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. & Suhling, F.
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)
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 assessed as Least Concern.
2009 Least Concern
2008 Least Concern (IUCN 2009.2)
2006 Least Concern (IUCN 2006)
2006 Least Concern

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: The species has been recorded from Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and from Uganda to Sierra Leone. Records are extremely scattered from southwestern Africa to Mozambique, including the Congo Basin.

In central Africa, it has been recorded from Cameroon and Democratic Republic of Congo.

Records in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda (unknown locally, assumed from Kampala area), Malawi (Nkatha Bay) and Burundi. Its occurrence in Tanzania is assumed.

In southern Africa, this is known only from two records from central Mozambique. It is expected to be more widespread in the region than currently known.

In western Africa, it has only been reported for Sierra Leone (Green 1979; specimen identified by Gambles), Cote d'Ivoire (Lindley 1974) and Nigeria.
Cameroon; Congo, The Democratic Republic of the; Côte d'Ivoire; Malawi; Mozambique; Nigeria; Sierra Leone; Uganda
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Population [top]

Population: Population size is unknown.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Not much is known on larval habitats. Possibly rivers and lakes.
Systems: Terrestrial; Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The main threats to the species are habitat loss due to agriculture, wood extraction, and water pollution.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: None in place. Research into trends, population and habitat requirements is needed.

Citation: Clausnitzer, V., Dijkstra, K.-D.B. & Suhling, F. 2010. Anax chloromelas. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 02 April 2015.
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