Orthetrum austeni 


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Arthropoda Insecta Odonata Libellulidae

Scientific Name: Orthetrum austeni
Species Authority: (Kirby, 1900)
Regional Assessments:
Common Name(s):
English Giant Skimmer
Thermorthemis austeni Kirby, 1900

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2009-05-01
Assessor(s): Clausnitzer, V., Dijkstra, K.-D.B. & Suhling, F.
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 listed as Least Concern in all regions because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a threatened category.
Previously published Red List assessments:
2009 Least Concern (LC)
2006 Least Concern (LC)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: The species has been recorded from Zambia, Angola to Uganda and western Africa.

In central Africa, it is known from Angola, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Zambia. Its presence in Congo is assumed.

In eastern Africa, it has been recorded in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda (various localities), Malawi and Burundi.

In southern Africa, this species is known only from Angola and northwest Zambia.

In western Africa, the species is known from Guinea to Nigeria.
Countries occurrence:
Angola (Angola); Benin; Cameroon; Central African Republic; Congo, The Democratic Republic of the; Côte d'Ivoire; Equatorial Guinea; Gabon; Ghana; Guinea; Liberia; Nigeria; Sierra Leone; Togo; Uganda; Zambia
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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: This is a forest species.
Systems: Terrestrial; Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Forest destruction caused by agriculture is a threat 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.

Citation: Clausnitzer, V., Dijkstra, K.-D.B. & Suhling, F. 2010. Orthetrum austeni. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T59950A12179804. . Downloaded on 28 November 2015.
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