Red List of South African Species

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Least Concern (LC)


Due to former confusion of Acisoma inflatum with the similar species Acisoma variegatum (both were formerly listed as A. panorpoides for Africa, which is now considered to be an Asian species), the range of this species is not quite clear. However, it is a common species north of the equator, ranging from West Africa to Tanzania. It also occurs in southern Africa. Therefore, it is assessed as Least Concern.


This species is common north of southern Africa (South Africa, Mozambique, Zimbabwe), where the similar species A. variegatum occurs. Both species overlap in eastern Africa from Zimbabwe to Uganda. Due to the previous listing of Acisoma inflatum and A. variegatum under the Asian species A. panorpoides, and the wide overlap of range, the exact extent of occurrence requires further study.

Population trend


There is no information on the population.


Drainage, destruction and pollution of swampy habitats for construction of human settlements are the main threats.

Uses and trade

This species is not used.


The species is widespread and therefore, no species-specific actions are needed. Nevertheless, further studies are needed to get information on the true extent of occurrence (EOO).

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