New York Natural Heritage Program
Rambur's Forktail
Ischnura ramburii (Selys, 1850)
Insects
Family: Pond Damsels (Coenagrionidae)

State Protection: Not Listed
The species is not listed or protected by New York State.

Federal Protection: Not Listed

State Rarity Rank: S2S3
A State Rarity Rank of S2S3 means: Imperiled or Vulnerable in New York - Very vulnerable to disappearing from New York, or vulnerable to becoming imperiled in New York, due to rarity or other factors; typically 6 to 80 populations or locations in New York, few individuals, restricted range, few remaining acres (or miles of stream), and/or recent and widespread declines. More information is needed to assign a single conservation status.

Global Rarity Rank: G5
A Global Rarity Rank of G5 means: Demonstrably secure globally, though it may be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.


Did you know?
Rambur's Forktail often perches on bare ground and flies along open shorelines, while most forktail species have a different behavior, finding shelter in low, dense vegetation along shores (Lam 2004).

State Ranking Justification [-]
In New York (close to the northern extent of its range), Rambur's Forktails have been confirmed from Richmond, Kings, Queens, Nassau, and Suffolk counties since the 1990s (New York Natural Heritage Program 2010). Older records are from Staten Island and Suffolk County prior to the 1990s (Donnelly 1999). New locations in recent years may be due to increased survey effort rather than a population increase or expansion.

Short-term Trends [-]

Long-term Trends [-]