Photo credit: Natalia von Ellenreider
The Garrison’s Andean Damsel, Andinagrion garrisoni, is listed as ‘NEAR THREATENED’ on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™. This damselfly species is known only from northwestern Argentina, in the southern limits of the South American cloud forest. It adds a colorful note to seepages, pools, and still waters at stream edges, from mountain rainforests to highland grasslands.
Although this damselfly is not rare in the area, reduction, and fragmentation of its habitat may threaten its future prosperity. Habitat loss in this area is due to increased modification and loss of aquatic environments, caused by selective logging and clear-cutting of the forest for agriculture and petroleum prospecting.
This species has so far not been found within existing protected areas, but surveys are needed to confirm their absence or presence. Further research into its ecology is needed, and monitoring is also required to ensure its existence does not become threatened by habitat reduction in the future.
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