Chlorolestes elegans


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Chlorolestes elegans
Species Authority: Pinhey, 1950
Common Name(s):
English Elegant Malachite

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable B1ab(iii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2009-05-01
Assessor(s): Suhling, F. & Samways, M.J. & V. Clausnitzer
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 species is assessed as Vulnerable (B1ab(iii)) in view of its restricted area (extent of occurrence approximately 5,000 km²), habitat requirements (montane mountain streams) and localized distribution (e.g., Samways 1999). Threats include commercial forestry, some invasive trees (especially acacias), introduced fish species (trout), habitat loss, and siltation of streams in montane areas (Samways pers. comm.). i.e. loss of native trees and reafforestation with introduce species.
2007 Near Threatened
2006 Near Threatened (IUCN 2006)
2006 Near Threatened

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: The species has been recorded from north South Africa, Zimbabwe, Malawi (Mt Mulanje), northern Mozambique. It is a southern African endemic.

Less than a 5% of its range occurs within Malawi, in the eastern Africa region
Malawi; Mozambique; South Africa; Zimbabwe
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Population [top]

Population: No information available.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Montane forest streams.
Systems: Terrestrial; Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The main threat to the species is forest destruction caused by agriculture and wood extraction are threats to the species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: No conservation measures known but information on taxonomy, population ecology, habitat status and population trends would be valuable. Habitat/site based conservation is also required.

Citation: Suhling, F. & Samways, M.J. & V. Clausnitzer 2010. Chlorolestes elegans. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 29 March 2015.
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