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Orthetrum rubens Barnard, 1937

Elusive skimmer, Waxy winged skimmer


Western Cape Province, South Africa
Last Record
1977 (Pinhey, 1979)
Rediscovered in
IUCN status
[url=]Critically Endangered (Possibly Extinct)[/url]
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[b]Original Scientific Description:[/b]

Barnard, K. H. (1937). [url=]Notes on dragon-flies (Odonata) of the S. W. Cape with descriptions of the nymphs and of new species[/url]. Annals South African Museum 32: 169-260.

[b]Species Bibliography:[/b]

Longfield, C. (1955). [url=]The Odonata of N. Angola. Part I[/url]. Publicacoes culturais Companhia Diamantes Angola 27: 11-63.

Pinhey, E. (1979). The status of the few well-known African anisopterous dragonflies (Odonata). theNationalMuseums of Rhodesia (B) 8(36): 1-7.

Pinhey, E. (1984). A survey to the dragonflies (Odonata) of South Africa. Part 1. Journal of the Entomological Society of southern Africa 47: 147-188.

Samways, M.J. and Simaika, J. (2011). Orthetrum rubens. In: IUCN 2012. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2012.1. ( Downloaded on 06 September 2012.

Samways, M.J. (1999). Diversity and conservation status of South African dragonflies (Odonata). Odonatologica 28: 13-62.

Samways, M.J. (2002). A strategy for national red listing invertebrates based on experiences with Odonata in South Africa. African Entemology 10: 43-52.

Samways, M.J. (2004). Critical species of Odonata in southern Africa. International Journal of Odonatology 7: 255-262.

Samways, M.J. (2006a). Honing Red List assessments of lesser known taxa in biodiversity hotspots. Biodiversity and Conservation 16(9): 2575-2586.

Samways, M.J. (2006b). National Red List of South African Odonata. Odonatologica 35(4): 341-368.

Tarboton, Warwick and Tarboton, Michèle. (2002). A fieldguide to the dragonflies of South Africa. Privately published by the authors, Nylstroom.

Tarboton, Warwick and Tarboton, Michèle. (2015). Guide to the Dragonflies & Damselflies of South Africa (Field Guide Series). Penguin Random House South Africa. 216 pp. [[url=]Available from Amazon[/url]]