Red List of South African Species

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Least Concern (LC)


Lestes pallidus is a widespread species with no known major widespread 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.


Lestes pallidus is widespread in sub-Saharan and Sahelian Africa and reaches Arabia. It appears to be the only Lestes extending deep into the Sahel (Mauritania, Niger). In central Africa, it occurs in the northern parts of the Democratic Republic of Congo. In eastern Africa, it has been recorded in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Malawi. In northeastern Africa, this species is recorded from Ethiopia, Sudan and Somalia. In southern Africa, this species is widespread and has been recorded from all countries in the region. In western Africa, it is likely to be widespread across the region. It was recorded only twice in the Arabian Peninsula in the north of Yemen and the southwest of Saudi Arabia (Waterston 1984).

Population trend


The population size is unknown.


Drainage, water abstraction for agriculture and domestic uses, and destruction of swampy habitats due to agriculture are threats to this species, although these are not considered to be major threats at the global level.

Uses and trade

This species is not utilised.


No conservation measures are known but monitoring of the population trend would be valuable.

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