Critical species of Odonata in northern Africa and the Arabian Peninsula


The region is broadly determined by desert, which forms a huge belt between the western Palaearctic and the Afrotropics. Fourteen out of the 125 odonate species recorded so far are endemics. There are two main centres of endemism in the region: the northern Maghreb and the southern Arabian Peninsula. Odonate habitats in the desert are especially endangered by dryness and pollution. Fourteen species – most of them endemics – are regarded as critical. Conservation measures are suggested.

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