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Arabicnemis caerulea

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA ARTHROPODA INSECTA ODONATA PLATYCNEMIDIDAE

Scientific Name: Arabicnemis caerulea
Species Authority: Waterston, 1984
Common Name(s):
English Powder Blue Damselfly

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2013
Date Assessed: 2012-04-15
Assessor(s): Schneider, W., Samraoui, B. & Boudot, J.-P.
Reviewer(s): García, N., Dijkstra, K.-D.B. & Suhling, F.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Alomari, K.
Justification:

Records of Arabicnemis caerulea are increasing in the whole of its range, with the most recent records (1990-2011) mainly from the northeastern subpopulation (Oman and the Emirates), but several records for south Yemen dating from 2005 are available (Schneider, unpublished). Therefore the species is assessed as Least Concern. The new unpublished records from the Wadi Hadramout system confirm this assessment.

History:
2006 Vulnerable

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Arabicnemis caerulea is a south Arabian endemic confined to Yemen, northeast Oman and the north of the United Arab Emirates. There are 37 records available from 24 different localities. 38% of the records date from 1990 onwards, 27% from 2000 onwards, and this increase in the rate of records suggests that the species is well established in southern Arabia. Eight new records from Hadramout (Yemen) are available from 2005 (Schneider pers. obs. unpublished).
Countries:
Native:
Oman; United Arab Emirates; Yemen
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Population [top]

Population: Population size is unknown but the species seems rather widespread.
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:

Arabicnemis caerulea is found in wadis with permanent sections of freshwater as well as along irrigation ditches in traditional agricultural areas as oases. It is found in waters with shallow and slow-flowing sections with floating and submerse aquatic vegetation.

Systems: Terrestrial; Freshwater

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: This species is not utilized.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s):

Unsustainable water management (drainage, excessive irrigation, pollution) and drought may be potential future threats.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions:

Monitoring of the quality of running waters is recommended. Research on population size and trends of the species are needed.


Citation: Schneider, W., Samraoui, B. & Boudot, J.-P. 2013. Arabicnemis caerulea. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 30 September 2014.
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