Red List of South African Species

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Least Concern (LC)


Tramea limbata is assessed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a threatened category.


Tramea limbata is a strong migrant which is widely scattered in Sub-Saharan Africa, including Madagascar and nearby islands. It is rather common along the East African coast and its range extends to the southern coast of the Arabian Peninsula, Socotra and India and surrounding countries (Sri Lanka, Nepal). It was recorded once in the past from the French Polynesia (Tahiti) (Meurgey 2006) and on many Pacific islands, however all records from the Pacific have to be validated (Marinov 2012). Old records from Australia have not been maintained in recent works in this country (Theischinger and Hawking 2006).

Population trend


The population size is unknown; this species is recorded as either single individuals or in swarms.


This species has no widespread threats.

Uses and trade

This species is not utilised.


No conservation action is required for this wide-ranging and mobile species, but its complex variability would make genetic investigations welcome.

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