Odonata of the Kruger National Park

Odonata of the Kruger National Park

  • Les Underhill
  • Megan Loftie-Eaton
  • Rene Navarro

Abstract

The number of species of dragonflies and damselflies recorded in the Kruger National, South Africa, was 103 in April 2018. This figure was based on a database containing 2,817 records of Odonata, made since 1980, from the 52 quarter degree grid cells which intersect with the Kruger National Park. Records were available for 41 of the 52 grid cells. The most frequently recorded species were Red-veined Dropwing Trithemis arteriosa (167 records) and the Orange-veined Dropwing Trithemis kirbyi (144 records), both recorded in 33 grid cells, and Southern Banded Groundling Brachythemis leucosticta (175 records) and Broad Scarlet (141 records) both in 29 grid cells. Based on records up to April 2018, the median date of the most recent record for species was September 2017, so that half of the 103 species had been recorded during summer 2017/18. This report could be used to motivate the proclamation of the river and wetland systems of the Kruger National Park as a “Wetland of International Importance” in terms of the Ramsar Convention. Two-thirds of the Odonata of South Africa, and one-eighth of the Odonata of Africa, have been recorded in the Kruger National Park.

Published
2018-11-13
How to Cite
UNDERHILL, Les; LOFTIE-EATON, Megan; NAVARRO, Rene. Odonata of the Kruger National Park. Biodiversity Observations, [S.l.], v. 9, p. 9.11:1-17, nov. 2018. ISSN 2219-0341. Available at: <https://journals.uct.ac.za/index.php/BO/article/view/634>. Date accessed: 14 dec. 2018. doi: https://doi.org/10.15641/bo.v9i0.634.
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