Red List of South African Species

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Least Concern (LC)

Rationale

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. Therefore, it is assessed as Least Concern.

Distribution

Orthetrum machadoi is widespread in the eastern part of Sub-Saharan Africa. There are also records from Egypt. In southern Africa, this species is widespread in the humid parts of the region, but not in the arid southwest or at the Cape. The Cameroonian records are erroneous. This species has not been recorded from western Africa aside from mention of specimens from Sierra Leone and Ghana (most likely misidentifications) in the original description.

Population trend

Trend

No information is available on the population.

Threats

Drainage and destruction of swampy habitats caused by agriculture is a major threat to this species.

Uses and trade

This species is not used.

Conservation

No information is available on conservation actions in place for this species but research into and monitoring of the population trend would be valuable.

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