Vestalis luctuosa 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Arthropoda Insecta Odonata Calopterygidae

Scientific Name: Vestalis luctuosa (Burmeister, 1839)

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Near Threatened ver 3.1
Year Published: 2009
Date Assessed: 2007-03-11
Assessor(s): Dow, R.A.
Reviewer(s): Kalkman, V. & Clausnitzer, V. (Odonata Red List Authority)
This species was once common in Java, this may still be the case, but extensive habitat loss has occurred across the known range of the species. The only relatively recent published records of the species are from Bali, where it may be quite common. Without extensive sampling on Java the species has now to be considered as data deficient on that island. Overall it is difficult to assess this species, but as the number of currently known locations is low, it is close to Vulnerable status by criterion D2 and it is listed it as Near Threatened; hopefully fresh sampling on Java and Sumatra will allow it to be re-assessed as Least Concern in the near future.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:Vestalis luctuosa is known from Java (e.g. Lieftinck 1934, Schmidt 1934), south Sumatra (e.g. 1935, 1954) and Bali (e.g. Lieftinck 1953, Belle 1994).
Countries occurrence:
Indonesia (Bali, Jawa, Sumatera)
Additional data:
Number of Locations:1-10
Upper elevation limit (metres):2000
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Population [top]

Population:"Very common in Java" (Lieftinck 1954), but there is insufficient recent data to determine if this statement still holds. Judging by published records the species is not uncommon in Bali. In Sumatra it is known only from the extreme south, where it was quite common in the 1930s, but again there is little recent information, due to a lack of expert sampling in Sumatra in the intervening years.
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:Breeds in shady streams from sea-level up to about 2,000 m.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Habitat loss through clear-cutting of forests.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: New data is needed from across the known range of this species for effective conservation planning. It was once a common species across much of its range; this may still be the case. Fresh searches need to be made in Java and Sumatra.

Classifications [top]

1. Forest -> 1.6. Forest - Subtropical/Tropical Moist Lowland
1. Forest -> 1.9. Forest - Subtropical/Tropical Moist Montane
5. Wetlands (inland) -> 5.1. Wetlands (inland) - Permanent Rivers/Streams/Creeks (includes waterfalls)

In-Place Research, Monitoring and Planning
In-Place Land/Water Protection and Management
In-Place Species Management
In-Place Education
5. Biological resource use -> 5.3. Logging & wood harvesting -> 5.3.5. Motivation Unknown/Unrecorded
♦ timing:Ongoing    
→ Stresses
  • 1. Ecosystem stresses -> 1.2. Ecosystem degradation

1. Research -> 1.2. Population size, distribution & trends
1. Research -> 1.3. Life history & ecology

Bibliography [top]

Belle, J. 1994. Some dragonfly records from the Lesser Sunda Islands of Bali and Lombok, Indonesia, with an ethno-odonatological note. Notulae odonatologicae 4(4): 60-62.

IUCN. 2009. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (ver. 2009.2). Available at: (Accessed: 3 November 2009).

Lieftinck, M.A. 1934. An annotated list of the Odonata of Java, with notes on their distribution, habits and life-history. Treubia 14: 377-462.

Lieftinck, M.A. 1935. A Synopsis of the Odonata (Dragonflies) of Sumatra. Miscellanea Zoologica Sumatrana 92-93: 1-23.

Lieftinck, M.A. 1953. The Odonata of the island Sumba with a survey of the dragonfly fauna of the Lesser Sunda Islands. Verhandlungen der Naturforschenden Gesellschaft, Basel 64: 118-228.

Schmidt, E. 1934. Odonata der Deutschen Limnologischen Sunda-Expedition. 1. Imagines. Mit Beschreibungen zweier neuer Ictinus aus Celebes und Neu-Guinea. Archiv für Hydrobiologie, Supplement-Bd. 13: 316-397, plates 14-16.

van Tol, J. 1990. Zoological expeditions to the Krakatau islands, 1984 and 1985: Odonata. Tijdschrift voor Entomologie 133: 273-279.

Citation: Dow, R.A. 2009. Vestalis luctuosa. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2009: e.T163807A5654504. . Downloaded on 21 April 2018.
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