Pseudothemis zonata 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Arthropoda Insecta Odonata Libellulidae

Scientific Name: Pseudothemis zonata (Burmeister, 1839)
Common Name(s):
English Pied Skimmer
Orthetrum zonale Navás, 1932
Taxonomic Notes: Originally described under the genus Libellula (Linnaeus) and subsequently became the genotype for Pseudothemis Kirby (1889). Chao (1962) synonymised Orthetrum zonale Navás with Pseudothemis zonata.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2009
Date Assessed: 2007-03-17
Needs updating
Assessor(s): Wilson, K. D. P.
Reviewer(s): Clausnitzer, V. & Reels, G. (Odonata Red List Authority)
A common and widespread species recorded from a wide range in southeast and east Asia, including Vietnam (Tsuda 2000), though China, including Fujian, Guangdong, Guangxi, Hebai, Henan, Hubei, Hunan, Jiangsu, Sichuan, Zheijiang (Hua 2000) and Shaanxi (Zhang and Zhang 2006), Hong Kong (Wilson 2004), Taiwan (Lieftinck et al. 1984) to Korea (Lee 2001) and Japan not including Hokkaido (Sugimura et al. 2001).

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:Recorded from a wide range in southeastern and eastern Asia, including Vietnam (Tsuda 2000), though China, including Fujian, Guangdong, Guangxi, Hebai, Henan, Hubei, Hunan, Jiangsu, Sichuan, Zheijiang (Hua 2000) and Shaanxi (Zhang and Zhang 2006), Hong Kong (Wilson 2004), Taiwan (Lieftinck et al. 1984) to Korea (Lee 2001) and Japan, not including Hokkaido (Sugimura et al 2001).
Countries occurrence:
China (Fujian, Guangdong, Guangxi, Hebei, Henan, Hubei, Hunan, Jiangsu, Sichuan, Zhejiang); Hong Kong; Japan (Honshu, Kyushu, Nansei-shoto, Shikoku); Korea, Democratic People's Republic of; Korea, Republic of; Taiwan, Province of China; Viet Nam
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Population [top]

Population:A stable population; a common and widespread species.
Current Population Trend:Stable
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Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:Frequents ponds and lakes.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no threats known to be presently affecting this species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions:

A common and widespread species.

Classifications [top]

5. Wetlands (inland) -> 5.1. Wetlands (inland) - Permanent Rivers/Streams/Creeks (includes waterfalls)
5. Wetlands (inland) -> 5.5. Wetlands (inland) - Permanent Freshwater Lakes (over 8ha)
5. Wetlands (inland) -> 5.7. Wetlands (inland) - Permanent Freshwater Marshes/Pools (under 8ha)
15. Artificial/Aquatic & Marine -> 15.1. Artificial/Aquatic - Water Storage Areas (over 8ha)
15. Artificial/Aquatic & Marine -> 15.2. Artificial/Aquatic - Ponds (below 8ha)

In-Place Research, Monitoring and Planning
In-Place Land/Water Protection and Management
In-Place Species Management
In-Place Education

Bibliography [top]

Chao, H-F. 1962. A study on Navasian types of Chinese dragonflies, I. Acta Entomologica Sinica (supplement: Systematic Entomology) 11: 25-31.

Hua, L.-Z. 2000. List of Chinese Insects. Zhongshan University Press, Guangzhou.

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

Kirby, W.F. 1889. A revision of the subfamily Libellulinae, with descriptions of new genera and species. Transactions of the Zoological Society of London 12(9): 249-348.

Lee, S.M. 2001. The Dragonflies of the Korean Peninsula (Odonata). Junghaeng-Sa, Seoul, Korea.

Lieftinck, M.A., Lien, J.C. and Maa, T.C. 1984. Catalogue of Taiwanese Dragonflies (Insecta: Odonata). Asian Ecological Society, Taichung, Taiwan.

Sugimura, M., Ishida, S., Kojima, K., Ishida, K. and Aoki, T. 2001. Dragonflies of the Japanese Archipelago in Colour. Hokkaido University Press, Japan.

Tsuda, S. 2000. A Distributional List of World Odonata. Tsuda, S., Osaka.

Wilson, K.D.P. 2004. Field Guide to the Dragonflies of Hong Kong. Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department, Friends of the Country Parks and Cosmos Books Ltd., Hong Kong.

Zhang, D. and Zhang, Z. 2006. A summary of resource of Odonata in Shanxi (Shaanxi) Province. Journal of Agricultural Sciences 27(1): 45-50.

Citation: Wilson, K. D. P. 2009. Pseudothemis zonata. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2009: e.T167462A6352152. . Downloaded on 22 September 2018.
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