Orthetrum caffrum


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Orthetrum caffrum
Species Authority: (Burmeister, 1839)
Common Name(s):
English Two-striped Skimmer, White-lined Skimmer
Libellula caffra Burmeister, 1839
Taxonomic Notes:

In Africa it is often confused with Orthetrum camerunense.

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., Dijkstra, K.-D.B., Suhling, F., Samraoui, B. & Schneider, W.
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.
2009 Least Concern
2006 Least Concern

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Orthetrum caffrum ranges from southern Africa and Madagascar to the Sahel and the southwest of the Arabian Peninsula. To the west, the species was recently proven to reach the Atlantic coast in Gambia.
Angola (Angola, Angola); Botswana; Cameroon; Chad; Comoros; Congo, The Democratic Republic of the; Eritrea; Ethiopia; Gambia; Kenya; Lesotho; Madagascar; Malawi; Mali; Mozambique; Namibia (Caprivi Strip, Namibia (main part)); Rwanda; Saudi Arabia; Somalia; South Africa (Eastern Cape Province, Free State, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo Province, Mpumalanga, Northern Cape Province, Western Cape); Sudan; Swaziland; Tanzania, United Republic of; Uganda; Yemen (North Yemen, South Yemen); Zambia; Zimbabwe
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Population [top]

Population: There is no information available.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: The species is known from nearly all kinds of freshwater habitats (e.g., slow-flowing rivers and their backwaters and swamps, marshes, permanent and temporary pools, ponds, small dams and springs).
Systems: Terrestrial; Freshwater

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: This species is not utilized.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The species is widespread and not threatened at the global scale, although it can locally decrease or turn extinct due to water abstraction and pollution, and destruction of its habitats due to agriculture.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: There is no information available on conservation measure already in place or proposed for this species.

Citation: Boudot, J.-P., Clausnitzer, V., Dijkstra, K.-D.B., Suhling, F., Samraoui, B. & Schneider, W. 2013. Orthetrum caffrum. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 28 August 2015.
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