Red List of South African Species

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Least Concern (LC)


Anax imperator is a widespread species with no major threats worldwide and it is therefore assessed as Least Concern.


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.

Population trend


This species is generally common and shows often large subpopulations.


There are no threats at the global scale, although local declines may occur due to habitat destruction and water pollution.

Uses and trade

No uses of this species are known.


This is a widespread species, and specific conservation measures are not needed.

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