|Scientific Name:||Anax imperator|
|Species Authority:||Leach, 1815|
Aeschna azurea Charpentier, 1825
Aeschna lunata Kolenati, 1856
Anax formosa Vander Linden, 1823
Anax mauricianus Rambur, 1842
|Taxonomic Source(s):||Schorr, M. and Paulson, D. 2013. World Odonata List. Tacoma, Washington, USA Available at: http://www.pugetsound.edu/academics/academic-resources/slater-museum/biodiversity-resources/dragonflies/world-odonata-list2/. (Accessed: 20 November 2013).|
|Red List Category & Criteria:||Least Concern ver 3.1|
|Reviewer(s):||Boudot, J.-P., Clausnitzer, V., Dijkstra, K.-D.B., Kipping, J., Meziere, N.M., Samways, M.J., Simaika, J. & Suhling, F.|
|Contributor(s):||Boudot, J.-P., Samraoui, B. & Schneider, W.|
Anax imperator is a widespread species with no major threats worldwide and it is therefore assessed as Least Concern.
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|Range Description:||Anax imperator is known from the whole Africa to most of Europe, the Arabian Peninsula and southwest and Central Asia. Within India it is present in West Bengal (Kolkata district), Uttarakhand, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu. This species is presently expanding to the north due to the global warming and has been found in the southern part of Sweden up to Uppsala. In the British Isles, its northern limit shifted by 80 km to the north so that now this species is known from Scotland.|
Native:Afghanistan; Albania; Algeria; Angola (Angola, Angola); Armenia (Armenia); Austria; Azerbaijan; Belarus; Belgium; Bosnia and Herzegovina; Botswana; Bulgaria; Cameroon; Cape Verde; Congo; Congo, The Democratic Republic of the; Croatia; Cyprus; Czech Republic; Denmark; Egypt (Egypt (African part), Sinai); Equatorial Guinea (Bioko, Equatorial Guinea (mainland)); Estonia; Ethiopia; France (Corsica, France (mainland)); Gabon; Gambia; Georgia (Abkhaziya, Adzhariya, Gruziya); Germany; Ghana; Gibraltar; Greece (East Aegean Is., Greece (mainland), Kriti); Guinea; Hungary; India (Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Uttaranchal, West Bengal); Iran, Islamic Republic of; Iraq; Ireland; Israel; Italy (Italy (mainland), Sardegna, Sicilia); Jordan; Kazakhstan; Kenya; Kyrgyzstan; Lebanon; Liberia; Libya; Lithuania; Luxembourg; Macedonia, the former Yugoslav Republic of; Madagascar; Malawi; Mali; Malta; Mauritania; Mauritius (Mauritius (main island)); Mayotte; Moldova; Monaco; Montenegro; Morocco; Mozambique; Namibia (Caprivi Strip, Namibia (main part)); Netherlands; Niger; Nigeria; Oman; Pakistan; Palestinian Territory, Occupied; Poland; Portugal (Azores, Madeira, Portugal (mainland)); Réunion; Romania; Russian Federation (Central European Russia, Dagestan, East European Russia, Kabardino-Balkariya, Karachaevo-Cherkessiya, Krasnodar, Severo-Osetiya, South European Russia, Stavropol); Rwanda; Sao Tomé and Principe (Sâo Tomé); Saudi Arabia; Senegal; Serbia (Serbia, Serbia); Slovakia; Slovenia; Somalia; South Africa (Eastern Cape Province, Free State, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo Province, Mpumalanga, Northern Cape Province, North-West Province, Western Cape); Spain (Canary Is., Spain (mainland)); Sudan; Swaziland; Sweden; Switzerland; Syrian Arab Republic; Tajikistan; Tanzania, United Republic of; Togo; Tunisia; Turkey (Turkey-in-Asia, Turkey-in-Europe); Turkmenistan; Uganda; Ukraine (Krym, Ukraine (main part)); United Arab Emirates; United Kingdom (Great Britain); Uzbekistan; Yemen (North Yemen, Socotra, South Yemen); Zambia; Zimbabwe
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|Population:||This species is generally common and shows often large subpopulations.|
|Current Population Trend:||Stable|
|Habitat and Ecology:||Anax imperator breeds in any kind of standing and slow running waters bordered with rushes and weeds. It is a familiar species on all open waters, where males patrol and hawk restless over their territory and exclude their congeners. Males most generally do not accompany the female during oviposition.|
|Use and Trade:||No uses of this species are known.|
|Major Threat(s):||There are no threats at the global scale, although local declines may occur due to habitat destruction and water pollution.|
|Conservation Actions:||This is a widespread species, and specific conservation measures are not needed.|
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|Citation:||Mitra, A. 2016. Anax imperator. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T59812A72311295.Downloaded on 25 March 2017.|
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