|Scientific Name:||Orthetrum coerulescens|
|Species Authority:||(Fabricius, 1798)|
|Infra-specific Taxa Assessed:|
Libellula donovani Leach, 1815
Libellula dubia Rambur, 1842
Libellula olympia Fonscolombe, 1837
Libellula opalina Charpentier, 1825
Orthetrum helena Buchholtz, 1954
Orthetrum ramburii (Sélys, 1848)
|Red List Category & Criteria:||Least Concern ver 3.1|
|Reviewer/s:||Kalkman, V. & Suhling. F. (Odonata Red List Authority)|
Orthetrum coerulescens is common in southern and central Europe and is not threatened. It has extended its range in the past twenty years, and there are population monitoring efforts underway to fully understand the extent of ongoing agricultural threats.
|Range Description:||Orthetrum coerulescens is common around the Mediterranean, more locally in central and northern Europe whilst marginally entering into Russia.|
Native:Afghanistan; Albania; Algeria; Armenia (Armenia); Austria; Azerbaijan; Bosnia and Herzegovina; Bulgaria; Croatia; Cyprus; Czech Republic; Denmark; Finland; France; Georgia; Greece; Hungary; Iran, Islamic Republic of; Iraq; Ireland; Italy; Lebanon; Liechtenstein; Lithuania; Luxembourg; Macedonia, the former Yugoslav Republic of; Montenegro; Morocco; Netherlands; Norway; Poland; Portugal; Romania; Russian Federation; Serbia (Serbia); Slovakia; Slovenia; Spain; Sweden; Switzerland; Syrian Arab Republic; Tunisia; Turkey; Ukraine; United Kingdom
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|Population:||No detailed information is known on the population size or trend of this species, but it is noted to be common and has extended its range over the past twenty years.|
|Habitat and Ecology:||Orthetrum coerulescens inhabits running waters, such as streams and ditches. In the north of its range, mainly runnels in boggy areas.|
|Major Threat(s):||One of the ongoing threats affecting the habitat of Orthetrum coerulescens is the production of crops and then the associated water pollution is also having a direct effect on the quality of the habitat of this species.|
|Conservation Actions:||Research into population numbers and trends are underway although more extensive studies are needed, so to are conservation measures to prevent habitat loss as none are in place at present.|
Askew, R.R. 2004. The dragonflies of Europe. Harley Books, Colchester.
Dijkstra, K.-D.B. and Lewington, R. 2006. Field Guide to the Dragonflies of Britain and Europe. British Wildlife Publishing, Dorset.
IUCN. 2009. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (ver. 2009.2). Available at: www.iucnredlist.org. (Accessed: 3 November 2009).
|Citation:||Clausnitzer, V. 2009. Orthetrum coerulescens. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 19 April 2014.|
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