Red List of South African Species

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Least Concern (LC)


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


Crocothemis sanguinolenta is widespread all over Africa south of the Sahel, where it is present and often common in nearly all countries, including Madagascar. It shows a relict area in the Levant (13 localities known along the Jordan rift) and is scattered in the south of the Arabian Peninsula. A former Libyan record (1935) has proved to refer to Crocothemis erythraea and not C. sanguinolenta upon control of the collected specimen (Stephan Ober in litt.).

Population trend


Its global population size is unknown.


There are no major threats known to this species at the global level, but drainage and destruction of swampy habitats due to agriculture, and water pollution are potential impacts at the local level.

Uses and trade

This species is not utilised.


No conservation measures are known but information on population ecology, habitat status and population trends, and habitat and site-based conservation would be valuable.

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