Red List of South African Species

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Least Concern (LC)

Rationale

This is a widespread species with no known major threats. It is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a threatened category. It is therefore assessed as Least Concern.

Distribution

Agriocnemis exilis is widespread in sub-Saharan Africa, with its northernmost range recorded in northern Africa. It has been recorded only once in northern Egypt in 1911-1912 (Port-Said; Martin 1915). If this record is valid, the occurrence of this Afrotropical species, of which the nearest published localities are in the upper Nile system in southern Sudan, underline once more the well known role of the Nile in the penetration of Afrotropical aquatic animals in the Palearctic up to the African Mediterranean coast. On the other hand, either a label error or confusion with the Levantine species Agriocnemis sania Nielsen, 1959 cannot be excluded.

Population trend

Trend

The population size is unknown.

Threats

Drainage and destruction of swampy habitats due to pollution are threats to this species.

Uses and trade

There is no use or trade information available for this species.

Conservation

No conservation measures are known but information on taxonomy, population ecology, habitat status and population trends would be valuable. Habitat maintenance and the establishment of protected areas is also required.

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