Chlorolestes elegans 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Arthropoda Insecta Odonata Synlestidae

Scientific Name: Chlorolestes elegans Pinhey, 1950
Regional Assessments:
Common Name(s):
English Elegant Malachite
Taxonomic Source(s): Schorr, M. and Paulson, D. 2017. World Odonata List. Revision 18 March 2017. Tacoma, Washington, USA Available at:

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.
Previously published Red List assessments:

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
Countries occurrence:
Malawi; Mozambique; South Africa; Zimbabwe
Additional data:
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Population [top]

Population:No information available.
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

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 2010: e.T59854A12094486. . Downloaded on 18 June 2018.
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