Trithemis furva


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Trithemis furva
Species Authority: Karsch, 1899
Common Name(s):
English Navy Dropwing, Dark Dropwing
Taxonomic Notes: The occurrence of Trithemis furva in west Africa is uncertain due to possible confusion with T. pruinata, which appears commoner in the west but rarer in the east and south Africa.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2013
Date Assessed: 2012-04-11
Assessor(s): Boudot, J.-P., Clausnitzer, V., Suhling, F., Dijkstra, K.-D.B., 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 threats that is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a threatened category. It is therefore assessed as Least Concern.
2006 Least Concern (IUCN 2006)
2006 Least Concern

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Trithemis furva is widespread from the south of Africa to Cameroon and the Red Sea coasts of eastern Africa and southwestern Arabia. In Africa, it is widespread in southern and eastern Africa from South Africa to Ethiopia, records from Nigeria and possibly Chad may be correct, but presence further west (from Guinea) must be confirmed. In central Africa, it is known from Angola, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Zambia, and assumed to be present in Congo. In eastern Africa, it has been recorded in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Malawi and Burundi, where it is common and widespread. It is assumed to also occur in Malawi and Burundi. In northeastern Africa, the species is recorded from Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan, Eritrea and Somalia, and assumed from Chad and Uganda. The species is widespread in the southern Africa region. In western Africa, the species is known from Nigeria and possibly Chad, although presence further west (from Guinea) needs to be confirmed but is possible given the large range of the species and the habitat preference.
Angola (Angola); Botswana; Cameroon; Chad; Congo, The Democratic Republic of the; Equatorial Guinea (Bioko); Eritrea; Ethiopia; Kenya; Lesotho; Madagascar; Malawi; Mozambique; Namibia (Namibia (main part)); Saudi Arabia; Somalia; South Africa (Eastern Cape Province, Free State, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo Province, Mpumalanga, Northern Cape Province, North-West Province, Western Cape); Sudan; Swaziland; Tanzania, United Republic of; Uganda; Yemen (North Yemen, South Yemen); Zambia; Zimbabwe
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Population [top]

Population: Population size is unknown.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Trithemis furva is mainly a lotic species known from wadis, streams and rivers, sometimes in reedy pools, in savannah, bush, woodland or semi-desert environments.
Systems: Terrestrial; Freshwater

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: This species is not utilized.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The species is not threatened at the global scale, although pollution and over-use of water by humans may cause the species to decline locally.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: No conservation measures are known but research into population numbers and range, biology and ecology, habitat status, threats, and trends/monitoring would be valuable.

Citation: Boudot, J.-P., Clausnitzer, V., Suhling, F., Dijkstra, K.-D.B., Samraoui, B. & Schneider, W. 2013. Trithemis furva. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 28 March 2015.
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