Orthetrum rubens Barnard, 1937:246

Elusive skimmer, Waxy winged skimmer



Taxonomy & Nomenclature



Conservation Status

Last record: 1977 (Pinhey, 1979)

Rediscovered in 2014?

IUCN RedList status: Critically Endangered (Possibly Extinct)



Western Cape Province, South Africa












Original scientific description:

Barnard, Keppel Harcourt. (1937). Notes on dragonflies (Odonata) of the S. W. Cape with descriptions of the nymphs and of new species. Annals South African Museum 32: 169-260.


Other references:

Longfield, C. (1955). The Odonata of N. Angola. Part I. 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.

Samways, Michael J. (2008). Dragonflies and Damselflies of South Africa (Pensoft Series Faunistica No. 70). Sofia, Bulgaria: Pensoft Publishers. [p. 156]

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.


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