Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Arthropoda Insecta Odonata Libellulidae

Scientific Name: Trithemis pluvialis
Species Authority: Förster, 1906
Regional Assessments:
Common Name(s):
English River Dropwing

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)
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 a Least Concern.
Previously published Red List assessments:
2006 Least Concern (LC)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: The species has been recorded from South Africa to Kenya and west to Cameroon.

In central Africa, it is known from Angola, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Congo, Zambia, and assumed to be present in the Central African Republic.

In eastern Africa, it has been recorded in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Malawi and Burundi. It is considered widespread along forest streamsMalawi and in the coastal region of Kenya and Tanzania.

In southern Africa, this species is widespread in the more humid north and northeast, and also at the Cape. It is not found in the arid southwest or in Botswana.
Countries occurrence:
Angola (Angola); Cameroon; Congo; Congo, The Democratic Republic of the; Kenya; Malawi; Mozambique; Namibia; South Africa; Svalbard and Jan Mayen; Tanzania, United Republic of; Zambia; Zimbabwe
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Population [top]

Population: Population size is unknown.
Current Population Trend: Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Streams in forest or bush.
Systems: Terrestrial; Freshwater

Threats [top]

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

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: No precise information is available but research into population numbers and range, and trends/monitoring of the species would be valuable. Habitat and site-based actions are also required.

Citation: Clausnitzer, V. & Suhling, F. 2010. Trithemis pluvialis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T60065A12290756. . Downloaded on 04 October 2015.
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