Amatola Malachite (Chlorolestes apricans)

The Amatola Malachite Chlorolestes apricans is a species of damselfly in the family Synlestidae. This damselfly is endemic to South Africa where it has a restricted range in the Eastern Cape Province. Chlorolestes apricans is listed as Endangered on the IUCN Red List.

Link to the OdonataMAP record which contains the above photograph (by Stewart MacLachlan) of an Amatola Malachite. The map below shows the distribution of records for Anax imperator in the OdonataMAP database, as at January 2020.

Use this link to embed this map of distribution records in OdonataMAP: http://thebdi.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/660060-Amatola-Malachite-actual-records-1.png

The following map below is an imputed map, produced by an interpolation algorithm, which attempts to generate a full distribution map from the partial information in the map above. This map will be improved by the submission of records to the OdonataMAP section of the Virtual Museum

Use this link to embed this imputed distribution map: http://thebdi.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/660060-Amatola-Malachite-inner-core-outer-core-and-periphery.png

The map below shows the imputed distribution which has been adjusted for terrain roughness

Megan Loftie-Eaton
Megan Loftie-Eaton
Megan is our communications, social media and citizen science coordinator. Prior to her work for the BDI, she coordinated OdonataMAP, the Atlas of African Odonata. A citizen science project run by the Animal Demography Unit, University of Cape Town and funded by the JRS Biodiversity Foundation. She also coordinated LepiMAP, which is the Atlas on African Lepidoptera. Megan is passionate about biodiversity conservation. She is a firm believer in the power of citizen science and getting the public involved in nature conservation.

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