Critical species of Odonata in southern Africa


Of the 160 species in South Africa, 29 are endemic. Threats to the local odonate fauna have increased in recent years due to the growth of agriculture and impact of invasive alien trees. Currently, 13 species are red-listed as threatened. Among the activities to ameliorate threats, is a massive programme, ‘Working for Water’, to remove invasive alien plants. This has had an enormously beneficial effect on many of the threatened species.

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