New York Natural Heritage Program
Southern Sprite
Nehalennia integricollis Calvert, 1913
Insects
Family: Pond Damsels (Coenagrionidae)

State Protection: Species Of Special Concern
A native species at risk of becoming Threatened; does not qualify as Endangered or Threatened, but have been determined to require some measure of protection or attention to ensure that the species does not become threatened. NYSDEC may regulate the taking, importation, transportation, or possession of any Species of Special Concern as it deems necessary.

Federal Protection: Not Listed

State Rarity Rank: S1
A State Rarity Rank of S1 means: Typically 5 or fewer occurrences, very few remaining individuals, acres, or miles of stream, or some factor of its biology makes it especially vulnerable in New York State.

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?
Southern Sprites measure about an inch long and are one of the tiniest odonates in New York (Lam 2004).

State Ranking Justification [-]
In New York, there are at least five older records for N. integricollis in Suffolk county (Donnelly 1999), and two extant locations in Suffolk county (1995 and 2005) (New York Natural Heritage Program 2010). Despite increased survey efforts on Long Island in recent years for the New York Dragonfly and Damselfly Survey (2005-2009), one new location has been documented during those years.

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