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Pseudagrion massaicum

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA ARTHROPODA INSECTA ODONATA COENAGRIONIDAE

Scientific Name: Pseudagrion massaicum
Species Authority: Sjöstedt, 1909
Common Name(s):
English Masai Sprite, Vermilion Sprite, Crimson Sprite, Vermillion Sprite
Taxonomic Notes: B-group. Pseudagrion is likely to be split into two genera at some point. Until this taxonomic split occurs, the candidates for these two groups are highlighted by "group A" and "group B".

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. & Dijkstra, K.-D.B.
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. It is therefore assessed as Least Concern.

The species is assessed as Least Concern in central, eastern, northeastern and southern Africa, in view of its wide distribution, and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a threatened category.
History:
2006 Least Concern (IUCN 2006)
2006 Least Concern

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: The species has been recorded from South Africa to Somalia and Ethiopia, records from west and central Africa (e.g. Guinea) seem erroneous.

In central Africa, it is known from Angola, northern Zambia, west Uganda - occurrence in southern Democratic Republic of Congo possible.

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 Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan and Somalia, common and widespread.

In southern Africa, this species is widespread all over the region.

The records from western Africa are considered dubious (Dijkstra pers. comm.).
Countries:
Native:
Angola (Angola); Botswana; Comoros; Ethiopia; Kenya; Lesotho; Malawi; Mozambique; Namibia; Somalia; South Africa; South Sudan; Sudan; Swaziland; Tanzania, United Republic of; Uganda; Zambia; Zimbabwe
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Population [top]

Population: Its specific population size is unknown but the species is locally common in southern Africa.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Streams and rivers in savannah and bush.
Systems: Terrestrial; Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Water pollution and drainage and destruction of habitats caused by agriculture are threats to the species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: No information available.

Citation: Clausnitzer, V., Suhling, F. & Dijkstra, K.-D.B. 2010. Pseudagrion massaicum. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 23 August 2014.
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