Ceriagrion glabrum


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Ceriagrion glabrum
Species Authority: (Burmeister, 1839)
Common Name(s):
English Common Waxtail, Orange Waxtail
Agrion ferrugineum Rambur, 1842
Agrion glabrum Burmeister, 1839
Agrion rhomboidalis Palisot de Beauvois, 1805
Ceriagrion glabrum longispinum Pinhey, 1963

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2013
Date Assessed: 2012-04-10
Assessor(s): Boudot, J.-P., Clausnitzer, V., Dijkstra, K.-D.B., Suhling, F., Schneider, W. & Samraoui, B.
Reviewer(s): García, N., Tognelli, M. & Suhling, F.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Alomari, K.
Ceriagrion glabrum is a widespread species with no known major widespread threats and that is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a threatened category. It is therefore assessed as Least Concern.
2009 Least Concern
2006 Least Concern

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: The Common Pond Damsel Ceriagrion glabrum is widespread from South Africa to the Sahel and formerly occurred along the Nile River valley (Andres 1928). It reaches the southern half of the Arabian Peninsula, including Socotra Island.
Angola (Angola, Angola); Benin; Botswana; Burkina Faso; Burundi; Cameroon; Central African Republic; Chad; Congo; Congo, The Democratic Republic of the; Côte d'Ivoire; Equatorial Guinea (Bioko, Equatorial Guinea (mainland)); Ethiopia; Gabon; Gambia; Ghana; Guinea; Guinea-Bissau; Kenya; Liberia; Madagascar; Malawi; Mali; Mauritius (Mauritius (main island), Rodrigues); Mayotte; Mozambique; Namibia (Caprivi Strip, Namibia (main part)); Niger; Nigeria; Oman; Réunion; Rwanda; Sao Tomé and Principe (Principe, Sâo Tomé); Saudi Arabia; Senegal; Seychelles; Sierra Leone; Somalia; South Africa (Eastern Cape Province, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo Province, Mpumalanga, Western Cape); South Sudan; Sudan; Swaziland; Tanzania, United Republic of; Togo; Uganda; United Arab Emirates; Yemen (North Yemen, Socotra, South Yemen); Zambia; Zimbabwe
Regionally extinct:
Egypt (Egypt (African part))
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Population [top]

Population: Population size is unknown but the species is often common to very abundant.
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Any kind of standing water, permanent and intermittent wadis; absent from the driest areas such as the Kalahari and the inland Arabian desert.
Systems: Terrestrial; Freshwater

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: This species is not utilized.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The Common Pond Damsel is not under any serious threats across its global range.

Conservation Actions [top]

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

Citation: Boudot, J.-P., Clausnitzer, V., Dijkstra, K.-D.B., Suhling, F., Schneider, W. & Samraoui, B. 2013. Ceriagrion glabrum. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 29 August 2015.
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