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The Gilded Presba dragonfly (Syncordulia legator), a large, swift-flying dragonfly Red Listed as Vulnerable and only discovered in 2003. Had alien invasive trees not been cleared in recent years, it may well have gone extinct. (Photo: M.J. Samways)

King of the air returns

Invasive alien trees pose a very significant threat indeed to freshwater invertebrates, especially endemic species, in the biodiversity hotspot of the Cape Floristic Region. Among these invertebrates are dragonflies, which are highly sensitive to changes in habitat, especially the adverse effects of alien invasive trees.

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