Green Hooktail, Paragomphus genei

The green hooktail (Paragomphus genei) is a species of dragonfly that can be found in a large range that includes Algeria, Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Egypt, Ghana, Guinea, Morocco, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda, and Zimbabwe, among other areas. It prefers to reside in tropical or subtropical habitats and can be found near freshwater lakes, marshes, and rivers. It can be found near temporary water sources as well, due to its short larval development stages, which last for about two months.

In some areas of its range, the green hooktail holds an increasing population, with water sources holding up to one hundred larval individuals for every ten square feet. Its population sizes vary in other areas of its range, but it is thought to be a stable species. As a whole, the green hooktail is not threatened, but some local populations can be threatened by habitat loss due to water pollution and habitat modification for agricultural and other purposes. Because it is not threatened as a species, local conservation efforts such as habitat protection and research is recommended. The green hooktail appears on the IUCN Red List with a conservation status of “Least Concern.â€

Image Caption: Paragomphus genei. Green Hooktail. Male. Credit: gailhampshire/Wikipedia (CC BY 2.0)