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 is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a threatened category. It is therefore assessed as Least Concern, although local threats and declines may occur.

Distribution

Rhyothemis semihyalina is a palaeo-tropical species, widespread in Africa, Middle East, southern Asia and Indian Ocean Islands. In Africa it ranges from southern Africa, including Madagascar, to the Sahel, where its northern limit runs from Senegal to Ethiopia and Somalia. Disjunct localities were known in northeast Algeria (extinct), Israel (extinct), Socotra (extinct) and Dhofar in south Oman where this species still exists (Waterston 1980, Schneider and Dumont 1997, van der Weide and Kalkmann 2008, Reimer 2009).

Population trend

Trend

This species is rather common but the population size and trend are unknown.

Threats

This is a widespread species which is not under threat at the global scale. Drainage and destruction of swampy habitats caused by agriculture, and water pollution, are local threats to this species.

Uses and trade

This species is not utilised.

Conservation

No conservation action is needed at the global scale but the population size and trend should be better understood. The former taxonomic splitting should be re-evaluated by means of modern genetic studies.

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