Anax tristis 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Arthropoda Insecta Odonata Aeshnidae

Scientific Name: Anax tristis Hagen, 1867
Regional Assessments:
Common Name(s):
English Black Emperor, Magnificent Emperor
French Anax Noir
Anax goliath Selys, 1872
Taxonomic Source(s): Schorr, M. and Paulson, D. 2013. World Odonata List. Tacoma, Washington, USA Available at: (Accessed: 20 November 2013).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2016
Date Assessed: 2015-03-04
Assessor(s): Clausnitzer, V., Suhling, F. & Dijkstra, K.-D.B.
Reviewer(s): Kipping, J., Boudot, J.-P., Meziere, N.M., Samways, M.J. & Simaika, J.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Alomari, K.
This is a widespread species with no known major threats. It is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a threatened category. Therefore, it is assessed as Least Concern.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species is widespread from South Africa to Madagascar and south of the Sahel, reaching a northern limit from Gambia to Chad. It was found once in the Arabian Peninsula in Oman and the Maldives islands, as either vagrant or migrant individuals.
Countries occurrence:
Angola; Benin; Botswana; Burundi; Cameroon; Cape Verde; Central African Republic; Chad; Congo; Congo, The Democratic Republic of the; Côte d'Ivoire; Equatorial Guinea (Equatorial Guinea (mainland)); Gabon; Gambia; Ghana; Kenya; Liberia; Madagascar; Malawi; Mauritius (Mauritius (main island)); Mayotte; Mozambique; Namibia (Caprivi Strip, Namibia (main part)); Nigeria; Réunion; Rwanda; Seychelles (Aldabra); South Africa (Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo Province, Mpumalanga, Western Cape); Tanzania, United Republic of; Togo; Uganda; Zambia; Zimbabwe
Maldives; Oman
Present - origin uncertain:
Additional data:
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Population [top]

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

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:Anax tristis reproduces in pools and swamps.
Systems:Terrestrial; Freshwater
Movement patterns:Nomadic

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: This species is not utilized.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Drainage and destruction of swampy habitats through agriculture and wood plantations are, together with water pollution, major threats to this species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: No conservation measures are known but information on ecology, habitat status and population trends would be valuable.

Citation: Clausnitzer, V., Suhling, F. & Dijkstra, K.-D.B. 2016. Anax tristis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T59814A72314386. . Downloaded on 24 May 2018.
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