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Title: Audit of priority species of rivers and wetlands : Southern Damselfly Coenagrion mercuriale in South Hampshire and the Isle of Wight
Author: Environment Agency Hampshire Area
Document Type: Monograph
The following report has been commissioned by the Environment Agency (Southern Region).It has been prepared on behalf of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust and is one of seven audits covering species of rivers and wetlands that are considered to be a priority for conservation action by the Environment Agency and its partners. The species covered by the audits are: Wetland and river molluscs (Anisus vorticuhis, Pisidium tenuilineatum, Pseitdanodonata complanata, Segmentina nitida, Vertigo moulinisiana); Freshwater Crayfish; Southern Damselfly; Marsh Fritillary; Black Bog Ant; Birds of Rivers and Reedbeds (Bittern, Kingfisher)and Water Vole. The Southern Damselfly (Coenagrion mercuriale) is classified within the order Odonata (Dragonflies), Sub-Order Zygoptera (Damselflies), Family Coenagrionidae. The species was first described and named by T. de Charpentier in 1840. A North African subspecies, C. m. hermeticum, was described by Selys in 1872 and an Italian subspecies, C. m. castellani, by Roberts in 1948. Earlier synonyms were Agrion mercuriale and Agrion fonscolombii. This is a small delicate species of blue damselfly.
Publisher: Environment Agency
Publication Date: 1998
Publication Place: Winchester
Subject Keywords: InsectsHabitatsGeographical distributionNature conservationChalk streamsWildlife management
Geographic Keywords: Isle of WightHampshireTest (river, Hampshire)Test and Itchen catchment
Extent: 28
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