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Paragomphus elpidius

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA ARTHROPODA INSECTA ODONATA GOMPHIDAE

Scientific Name: Paragomphus elpidius
Species Authority: (Ris, 1921)
Common Name(s):
English Common Hooktail, Corkscrew Hooktail
Synonym(s):
Mesogomphus elpidius Ris, 1921

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.
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)
Justification:
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.
History:
2009 Least Concern
2008 Least Concern (IUCN 2009.2)
2006 Least Concern (IUCN 2006)
2006 Least Concern

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: The species has been recorded from South Africa to Kenya and Democratic Republic of Congo.

In central Africa, it is known from Southern Democratic Republic of Congo.

In eastern Africa, it has been recorded in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Malawi and Burundi: common and widespread in all five countries (Burundi assumed).

In northeastern Africa, the species is recorded from northern Kenya, occurrence in Somalia, southern Ethiopia and Sudan assumed.

In southern Africa, this species is widespread along the tropical rivers in all countries except Lesotho (its occurrence in Angola is assumed).
Countries:
Native:
Botswana; Congo, The Democratic Republic of the; Kenya; Malawi; Mozambique; Namibia; South Africa; Swaziland; Tanzania, United Republic of; Uganda; Zambia; Zimbabwe
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Population [top]

Population: The species seems to have stable populations at most south African rivers.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It is widespread and common occurs in streams, rivers, rarely pools in savannah or woodland, widespread and common.
Systems: Terrestrial; Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Water pollution, drainage and destruction of swampy habitats caused by agriculture are known to be affecting to the species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: No information available but research into trends and monitoring of the species would be valuable.

Citation: Clausnitzer, V. & Suhling, F. 2010. Paragomphus elpidius. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 30 September 2014.
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