Orthetrum kristenseni 


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Arthropoda Insecta Odonata Libellulidae

Scientific Name: Orthetrum kristenseni
Species Authority: Ris, 1911

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2006-02-28
Assessor(s): Clausnitzer, V.
Reviewer(s): Dijkstra, K.D. & Suhling, F. (SSC Odonata Specialist Group) & Allen, D. (IUCN Freshwater Biodiversity Unit)
Orthetrum kristenseni is still quite common in the Ethiopian Highlands (Pinhey 1982, Clausnitzer and Dijkstra 2005). It does not to have a narrow ecological niche and is also found in anthropogenic habitats. At the moment it does not qualify for a higher category and therefore is assessed as Least Concern. However, with ongoing pollution and destruction of wetlands in Ethiopia, the species should be monitored. The species may qualify for a Near Threatened category or even a threatened category in the future.
Previously published Red List assessments:
2006 Least Concern (LC)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: The species is only known from the central Ethiopian highlands, between 1,700 and 3,200 metres of altitude.
Countries occurrence:
Lower elevation limit (metres): 1700
Upper elevation limit (metres): 3200
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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: Swampy areas and slow open grassy streams.
Systems: Terrestrial; Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Pollution and destruction of wetlands are major threats to this species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Protection of wetlands. Research into the habitat status, and trends/monitoring for this species.

Citation: Clausnitzer, V. 2010. Orthetrum kristenseni. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T60269A12337134. . Downloaded on 25 November 2015.
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