Journal of Insect Conservation

, Volume 12, Issue 5, pp 539–548 | Cite as

A preliminary study of the Odonata of S’Albufera Natural Park, Mallorca: status, conservation priorities and bio-indicator potential

  • Mayumi Sato
  • Nick Riddiford
Original Paper


This study obtained baseline information for adult Odonata and assessed their conservation priorities and suitability as biological indicators in S’Albufera Natural Park in Mallorca, Spain. At this site, human activities in and around the wetland have raised concerns about their impact on the ecosystem. Investigations on adult diversity produced records of 14 species (four Zygoptera and 10 Anisoptera) and included the first record of Erythromma viridulum for the park. Detrended Correspondence Analysis (DCA) ordination categorised study sites according to their geographical locations in the park and showed clustering of the sites around particular species based on these locations. This pattern might reflect the differences in brackishness in water supplied by different water sources. Canonical Correspondence Analysis (CCA) indicated that some environmental factors were related to particular species. Water flow, vegetation, and depth and size of a water body could discriminate stenotopic species from eurytopic species. Only a few species appeared to be tolerant to the sites with high salinity and low oxygen concentration. The ordination results can be useful for establishing conservation priorities with information of species diversity, abundance, distribution and flight period. Although, with the current limited basic information, the use of Odonata species as biological indicators seems to be difficult, some clear relationships between environmental factors and particular species indicate the great potential of using adult Odonata as biological indicators in the park.


Odonata Species assemblages Environmental factors Indicator species 



The authors gratefully acknowledge the Balearic Conselleria de Medi Ambient for permission to study at the site, and the park staff for their warm welcome and support. We also thank Pere Vicens for his help with water sampling, Dr. Richard Furnas for his advice on data analysis, Dr. Jeremy Levitt, Mike Mayer, Dr. Peter Mayhew and two anonymous referees for their comments on the manuscript and Mikio Hisamatsu for the provision of literature.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of BiologyThe University of YorkYorkUK
  2. 2.Center for Ecological ResearchKyoto UniversityOtsuJapan
  3. 3.The Albufera International Biodiversity GroupSchoolton, Fair Isle, ShetlandUK

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