ODONATA
  Coenagrion scitulum (Rambur, 1842)

 

Coenagrionidae

Status. An extremely rare species of limited distribution. According to IUCN criteria categorized as Endangered EN B2a.

Brief description. A small–sized dragonfly with slim body. The length of the body is 30–32 mm. The colouration is blue, the upper part of the thorax is black covered with a pair of blue, narrow, vertical stripes. The segements of the abdomen have various sized black abdominal annuli. The 6th, 7th and 10th segments are almost completely black, whereas the 8th and 9th ones are almost entirely blue. The pterostigma is large.

Distribution. Spread from the Mediterranean Sea eastwards to North Iran, Georgia, Armenia.

Distribution in Armenia. Known only from a single site in the vicinities of the Aldara village (Syunik Province).

Habitats. Warm, sometimes slow–flowing water bodies in the semi–desert belt.

Biological traits. Individuals usually develop in warm water bodies with lush aquatic vegetation. Eggs are laid onto the floating vegetation. The flight is observed from late May to late July, sometimes up to September. The development lasts one year.

Population size and its trends. An extremely rare species as only few individuals are known. Trends in changes of abundance are unknown.

Major threats. Unknown.

Conservation measures. Not applied.

Suggested conservation measures. Incorporation of species habitats to Arevik National Park.

 

 
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References

Akramovski 1948 (Puella scitula Rambur, 1842); Askew, 2004; Tailly et al., 2004

Compiler. V. Ananyan