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|Scientific Name||Somatochlora metallica|
|Status & Distribution|
Listed as Vulnerable in the British Odonata Red List 2008.
The Brilliant Emerald is considered to be a nationally rare species.
Emerald Dragonfly larvae have a squat spider-like body-shape similar to Chaser, Skimmers and Darters, but significantly longer back legs.
Very large dorsal spines on the abdomen.
General management principles include maintaining water levels and targeting survey work to map emergence sites. There are also best practice guidelines for managing inhabited sites including sensitive cutting of emergent vegetation, dredging and pruning.