Mocha Emerald

Species Name: Somatochlora linearis

Image Source: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Mocha_Emerald.jpg
Image Source: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Mocha_Emerald.jpg

Species Distribution in Massachusetts

image003

Federal Rank: None

Massachusetts State Rank: Special Concern

Habitat Description

Breeding sites include small to medium-sized streams that flow through woods or swamps, with sand or gravel bottoms possibly being an important characteristic. They are most often found away from these in adjacent habitats, however.

Threats to Survival

Massachusetts is the northern limit of its range.

Actions Recommended to Ensure Survival

Exact needs are unknown. Hydrologic alteration of the streams they breed in like damming or flow alteration could be affecting them. Pollution is also possibly a threat. Maintaining the natural uplands for feeding and roosting is key to protecting them.