Sympetrum striolatum


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Sympetrum striolatum
Species Authority: (Charpentier, 1840)
Common Name(s):
English Common Darter
French Le Sympétrum Strié, Sympétrum Strié

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2009
Date Assessed: 2007-01-20
Assessor(s): Clausnitzer, V.
Reviewer(s): Kalkman, V. & Suhling. F. (Odonata Red List Authority)
Sympetrum striolatum is widespread and common over a large range. Although it maybe experiencing natural habitat degradation, it does not appear to affect the size of the global population yet but further research into the demographics of this species is needed.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:Sympetrum striolatum is common and widespread from Europe to Japan and around the Mediterranean.
Albania; Algeria; Andorra; Armenia (Armenia); Austria; Azerbaijan; Belarus; Belgium; Bosnia and Herzegovina; Bulgaria; China; Croatia; Cyprus; Czech Republic; Denmark; Estonia; Finland; France; Georgia; Germany; Greece; Hungary; Iran, Islamic Republic of; Iraq; Ireland; Italy; Japan; Korea, Democratic People's Republic of; Korea, Republic of; Latvia; Liechtenstein; Lithuania; Luxembourg; Macedonia, the former Yugoslav Republic of; Moldova; Monaco; Mongolia; Montenegro; Morocco; Netherlands; Norway; Poland; Portugal; Serbia (Serbia); Slovakia; Slovenia; Spain; Sweden; Switzerland; Tajikistan; Turkey; Ukraine; United Kingdom; Uzbekistan
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Population [top]

Population: This species is thought to be common throughout its range although detailed numbers are lacking and so to are trends.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Sympetrum striolatum inhabits a wide range of habitats, especially preferring warm, stagnant waters. These are often shallow and bare; this species is a pioneer of newly created ponds. Occasionally found in flowing or brackish waters.
Systems: Terrestrial; Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): One of the ongoing threats affecting the habitat of Sympetrum striolatum is crop production and the associated water pollution also has a direct effect on the quality of the habitat of this species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Research into population numbers and trends of Sympetrum striolatum are underway although more extensive studies are needed, so to are conservation measures to prevent habitat loss as none are in place at present.

Bibliography [top]

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: (Accessed: 3 November 2009).

Citation: Clausnitzer, V. 2009. Sympetrum striolatum. In: The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 28 March 2015.
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