Habitat associations of the small red damselfly (ceriagrion tenellum) (De Villiers) in heathland in southern England (zygoptera : coenagrionidae)
Strange, A. M., Griffiths, G. H., Hine, S., Young, K. and Holloway, G. J. (2007) Habitat associations of the small red damselfly (ceriagrion tenellum) (De Villiers) in heathland in southern England (zygoptera : coenagrionidae). Journal of Insect Conservation, 11 (3). pp. 241-249. ISSN 1366-638X
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The Small Red Damselfly (Ceriagrion tenellum) (De Villiers) (Odonata: Coenagrionidae: Ceriagrion) is classed as vulnerable (Shirt, British Red Data Book, Nature Conservancy Council, Peterborough, UK, 1987) throughout the UK, and is included in certain Local Biodiversity Action Plans (LBAPs) in the south. A large proportion of any Biodiversity Action Plan is concerned with the requirement of conservation and management programmes. In order to guide them, information about the habitat preferences of the species concerned is vital. Detailed habitat information was collected to include a variety of physical parameters particularly vegetation, both in-channel and bankside. The species was found to be primarily associated with in-channel emergent broad-leaved plants, bankside grasses and rushes, and shallow, narrow channels with dark organic substrate. The consequences of these findings are discussed in relation to the conservation and management of C. tenellum.