Red List of South African Species

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Least Concern (LC)


Sympetrum fonscolombii is assessed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, its colonizing capacity, and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a threatened category.


Sympetrum fonscolombii is a widespread and common species found from the south to the north of Africa, including Madagascar, southern Europe and eastwards to the Middle East, Central Asia, the Indian Subcontinent and the Indian Ocean Islands. Its African range is often exaggerated (Dumont and Martens 1988). The species becomes scarcer towards the north but has expanded its range considerably in the last decades and is now common in most of Central Europe. It has a nomadic behaviour and shows a strong tendency to migrate, and has been found northwards as far as Scotland, the Swedish island of Öland and Latvia. It is likely that climate change will promote a further northwards expansion in the future.

Population trend


The species is common and widespread throughout most of its range and is able to (re)colonize promptly formerly dry areas after any rainfall period.


This is a widespread and colonizing species which is very common, sometimes in huge numbers, in warm countries. It is not threatened.

Uses and trade

This species is not utilized.


No conservation action is needed for this species.

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