Orthetrum caffrum 


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Arthropoda Insecta Odonata Libellulidae

Scientific Name: Orthetrum caffrum
Species Authority: (Burmeister, 1839)
Regional Assessments:
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.
Previously published Red List assessments:
2009 Least Concern (LC)
2006 Least Concern (LC)

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.
Countries occurrence:
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
Continuing decline in area of occupancy (AOO): Unknown
Extreme fluctuations in area of occupancy (AOO): Unknown
Estimated extent of occurrence (EOO) - km2:
Continuing decline in extent of occurrence (EOO): Unknown
Extreme fluctuations in extent of occurrence (EOO): Unknown
Continuing decline in number of locations: Unknown
Extreme fluctuations in the number of locations: Unknown
Upper elevation limit (metres): 3000
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Population [top]

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

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
Movement patterns: Not a Migrant

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 2013: e.T59952A13377523. . Downloaded on 28 November 2015.
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