Libellula angelina


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Libellula angelina
Species Authority: Selys, 1883

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Critically Endangered A3ce ver 3.1
Year Published: 2006
Date Assessed: 2006-01-31
Assessor(s): Inoue, K.
Reviewer(s): Clausnitzer, V. & Suhling, F. (Odonata Red List Authority)
Libellula angelina was recorded at 86 localities in 29 prefectures until the 1950s. It declined in the 1960s, with drastic declines in the 1990s. In 2000 it was found at only 18 localities in six prefectures. Developments have destroyed and degraded habitat and introduced predators threaten the species directly. These declines are expected to continue.
1996 Critically Endangered

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: China (central and north), Japan (Honshu, Shikoku, Kyushu and offshore islands) and Korea.
China; Japan; Korea, Democratic People's Republic of; Korea, Republic of
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Population [top]

Population: Current population size is estimated at < 5,000.
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Old and stable ponds with a moderate growth of emergent vegetation in lowland hill areas. An area of open water is also necessary.
Systems: Terrestrial; Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Filling up of ponds to build houses and factories, and reforming to artificial ponds with concrete banks have much diminished the habitats. Destruction of grassy fields caused decrease of this species because the females and immature males need such fields as refuges. Introducing alien animals like Procambarus clarkii (Crustacea) and Micropterus salmoides (carnivorous fish) is a serious problem because of direct predation and habitat destruction.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: The Ministry of Environment started to protect this species in 1993, and collection is prohibited by law. But this is not enough for the protection of habitats from destruction. Some NGOs have begun to conserve this insect and its habitats, for example at Okegaya Pond, Shizuoka Pref., Imuta Pond, Kagoshima Pref. and Noyori-shin Pond, Oita Pref.

Bibliography [top]

Baillie, J. and Groombridge, B. (eds). 1996. 1996 IUCN Red List of Threatened Animals. pp. 378. International Union for Conservation of Nature, Gland, Switzerland and Cambridge, UK.

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Fukui, M. 1993. Observation on the larval growth of Libellula angelina. Tombo 36(1–4): 18

Groombridge, B. (ed.). 1994. 1994 IUCN Red List of Threatened Animals. IUCN, Gland, Switzerland and Cambridge, UK.

Hamada, K and Inoue, K. 1983. The dragonflies of Japan in colour. Kodansha, Tokyo

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Citation: Inoue, K. 2006. Libellula angelina. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 05 September 2015.
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