Hemiphlebia mirabilis 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Arthropoda Insecta Odonata Hemiphlebiidae

Scientific Name: Hemiphlebia mirabilis Sélys, 1868
Common Name(s):
English Ancient Greenling
Taxonomic Source(s): Schorr, M. and Paulson, D. 2017. World Odonata List. Revision 22 February 2017. Tacoma, Washington, USA Available at:
Taxonomic Notes: The original description (Sely-Longchamps 1869), larval description (Tillyard 1928) and additional information (Houston and Watson 1988).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Endangered B2ab(iii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-01-01
Assessor(s): Hawking, J.
Reviewer(s): Clausnizter, V. & Kalkman, V. (Odonata Red List Authority)
This species is uplisted to Endangered from its previous Vulnerable assessment because of its currently scattered populations and small area of occupancy. Hemiphlebia mirabilis is only known from six very small and fragmented populations and several populations are known to have been declining since 2001.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:Endemic to Australia. This species is known from only six scattered localities from near Alexandra, Yea and Wilsons Promontory, Victoria, and from King Island to Mt William National Park, Tasmania (Trueman et al. 1992, Endersby 1993, Watson 1995).
Countries occurrence:
Australia (Tasmania, Victoria)
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Population [top]

Population:Known from only six scattered populations. The populations are very scattered. The Alexandra and Yea populations are in Central-east Victoria and have specimens have not been seen since January 2001, when 10 specimens were seen (Hawking and Dunkle unpublished data 2001). Adults were last seen at Wilsons Promontory population is in the south of Victoria, in January 2003 (Smith and Paulson unpublished data 2003). The populations on King Island and two populations near Mt William, Tasmania have not been surveyed since 1995. The adults are very hard to find as they are very small and their metallic green colour allows them to blend in with the surrounding vegetation.
Current Population Trend:Decreasing
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Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:Inhabits riverine lagoons, permanent ponds and swamps that may dry out in the summer (Theischinger and Hawking 2006).
Systems:Terrestrial; Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The Yea and Alexandra populations are threatened by lack of water coming onto the floodplain, due to agricultural practices and river regulation. The Wilsons Promontory population was severely threatened when the Park staff destroyed the reeds, which were the H. mirabilis habitat, by burning.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: The Wilsons Promontory and Mt William populations are in National Parks and are covered by government legislation.

Citation: Hawking, J. 2008. Hemiphlebia mirabilis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T9891A13025470. . Downloaded on 17 August 2018.
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