Orthetrum abbotti 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Arthropoda Insecta Odonata Libellulidae

Scientific Name: Orthetrum abbotti
Species Authority: Calvert, 1862
Regional Assessments:
Common Name(s):
English Abbott's Skimmer, Little Skimmer
Chlorocnemis inepta Grünberg, 1902
Orthetrum flavidulum Kirby, 1898
Orthetrum mundulum Morton, 1928
Orthetrum phillipsi Kirby, 1896
Oxythemis villiersi Fraser, 1949

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2013
Date Assessed: 2012-03-13
Assessor(s): Boudot, J.-P., Clausnitzer, V., Suhling, F., Dijkstra, K.-D.B., Schneider, W. & Samraoui, B.
Reviewer(s): García, N., Tognelli, M. & Suhling, F.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Alomari, K.
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.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:Orthetrum abbotti is widespread in sub-Saharan Africa and Madagascar except in dense forests. It shows a disjunct relict area in the Dead Sea basin (Dumont 1977, 1991; Monnerat 2011), and it reaches the south-west of the Arabian Peninsula with two records in western Yemen (Dumont and Al-Safadi 1993, Schneider and Nasher 2013).
Countries occurrence:
Angola (Angola, Angola); Benin; Botswana; Burkina Faso; Cameroon; Congo; Congo, The Democratic Republic of the; Côte d'Ivoire; Ethiopia; Gabon; Ghana; Guinea; Guinea-Bissau; Jordan; Kenya; Lesotho; Liberia; Madagascar; Malawi; Mali; Mozambique; Namibia (Namibia (main part)); Nigeria; Rwanda; Senegal; Sierra Leone; Somalia; South Africa (Eastern Cape Province, Free State, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo Province, Mpumalanga); Sudan; Swaziland; Tanzania, United Republic of; Togo; Uganda; Yemen (South Yemen); Zambia; Zimbabwe
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Population [top]

Population:Population size is unknown.
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Extreme fluctuations:UnknownPopulation severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:The species favours well vegetated springs, pools and marshy banks of rivers as well as seasonal swamps, in bush and Savannah.
Systems:Terrestrial; Freshwater
Movement patterns:Not a Migrant

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: This species is not utilized.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Drainage and destruction of swampy habitats due to agriculture are inferred threats.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Research into trends and monitoring of this species would be valuable.

Citation: Boudot, J.-P., Clausnitzer, V., Suhling, F., Dijkstra, K.-D.B., Schneider, W. & Samraoui, B. 2013. Orthetrum abbotti. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2013: e.T59948A17532210. . Downloaded on 25 October 2016.
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