Proischnura polychromatica (Barnard, 1937:220)

Mauve bluet



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Enallagma polychromaticum Barnard, 1937:220 (original combination); Proischnura polychromaticum (Barnard, 1937:220)


Conservation Status

Last record: 1962

Rediscovered in November 2003

IUCN RedList status: Critically Endangered



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 of the South African Museum 32: 169-260.

Other references:

Dijkstra, K. D. B., Boudot, J. P., Clausnitzer, V. et al. (2011). Dragonflies and damselflies of Africa (Odonata): history, diversity, distribution, and conservation. In: Darwall W, Smith K, Allen D, et al. (Eds). The diversity of life in African freshwaters: under water, under threat. An analysis of the status and distribution of freshwater species throughout mainland Africa. Cambridge, UK, and Gland, Switzerland: IUCN.

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. 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 Entomology 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: 341-368.

Samways, Michael J. (2008). Dragonflies and Damselflies of South Africa (Pensoft Series Faunistica No. 70). Sofia, Bulgaria: Pensoft Publishers. [p. 99]

Samways, M.J. (2010). Proischnura polychromatica. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T63219A12638054. Downloaded on 19 December 2015.

Samways, Michael J. and Pryke, James. (2009). Rare dragons and damsels return. Quest 5(2): 28-29.

Samways, M.J. and Taylor, S. 2004. Impacts of invasive alien plants on red-listed South African dragonflies (Odonata). South African Journal of Science 100: 78-80.

Samways, M.J., Taylor, S. and Tarboton, W. 2005. Extinction reprieve following alien removal. Conservation Biology 19: 1329-1330.

Tarboton, W. and Tarboton, M. 2005. A fieldguide to the damselflies of South Africa. Privately published by the authors, Nylstroom.


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