Mastigogomphus dissimilis 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Arthropoda Insecta Odonata Gomphidae

Scientific Name: Mastigogomphus dissimilis (Cammaerts, 2004)
Regional Assessments:
Common Name(s):
English Southern Snorkeltail
Neurogomphus dissimilis Cammaerts, 2004
Taxonomic Notes: The larger subspecies N. malawiensis in Malawi (Mulanje) is likely to be transferred to a new genus: Mastigogomphus.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2009-05-01
Assessor(s): Clausnitzer, V., Suhling, F. & Kipping, J.
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 therefore assessed as Least Concern.

In eastern Africa, the species is listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a threatened category.

In southern Africa, it is listed as Data Deficient since there is very little information about the distribution and population of the species, although it may be fairly widely distributed.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:The species has been recorded from Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi (subspecies malawiensis on Mount Mulanje).

In eastern Africa, it has been recorded in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Malawi and Burundi: Mount Mulanje (southern Malawi).

In southern Africa, the species is known from the Zambezi River in Zimbabwe and Zambia, and subspecies malawiensis on Mount Mulanje, Malawi (the Malawi record falls within the southern Africa region as defined by river basin areas for the purpose of this project). There is also a record of larvae of the subgenus (genus) Mastigogomphus from the Okavango River. These may belong to dissimilis (or be a new species).
Countries occurrence:
Malawi; Zambia; 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:Rivers in woodland.
Systems:Terrestrial; Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Water pollution and drainage and destruction of swampy habitats due to water abstraction for agriculture are threats to the species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: More research is needed to gather data on taxonomy (Okavango record), range, population status, habitat and threats.

Citation: Clausnitzer, V., Suhling, F. & Kipping, J. 2010. Mastigogomphus dissimilis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T59922A12162191. . Downloaded on 23 April 2018.
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