Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Arthropoda Insecta Odonata Coenagrionidae

Scientific Name: Pseudagrion bicoerulans
Species Authority: Martin, 1907
Regional Assessments:
Common Name(s):
English Afroalpine Sprite

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable B1ab(iii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2009-05-01
Assessor(s): Dijkstra, K.-D.B. & Clausnitzer, V.
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 specie is listed as Vulnerable in view of its restriction to montane streams above 2,000 m in north Tanzania, central and west Kenya and eastern Uganda. Pseudagrion bicoerulans is found in montane forest and in the ericaceous belt. These areas have National Park status at the larger mountains (Mt. Elgon, Mt. Kenya, Aberdare Mts, Mt Kilimanjaro, Mt Meru). The majority of the other highlands in western Kenya do not experience any protection and the forest reserve status of some areas is often just found on the map. There is deforestation outside the protected areas and this species is easily displaced by competitive lowland species.
Previously published Red List assessments:
2006 Vulnerable (VU)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: At global level, the species has been recorded from montane areas above 2,000 m asl in Kenya (Mount Kenya, Aberdare Mounts, Mau Range, Mount Elgon), Uganda (Mount Elgon) and Tanzania (Mount Kilimanjaro, Mount Meru). The subspecies P. bicoerulans occurs in central Kenya, P. elgonensi in western Kenya and eastern Uganda, and P. kilimanjaricus in northern Tanzania.
Countries occurrence:
Kenya; Tanzania, United Republic of; Uganda
Range Map: Click here to open the map viewer and explore range.

Population [top]

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

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Montane forest streams in forest, heather and afroalpine moorlands, above 2000 m asl.
Systems: Terrestrial; Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Pollution and drainage of montane streams caused by agriculture and wood extraction are threats to the species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: No information available. Research needed into trends/monitoring for this species.

Citation: Dijkstra, K.-D.B. & Clausnitzer, V. 2010. Pseudagrion bicoerulans. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T60012A12231300. . Downloaded on 04 October 2015.
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