Tule Bluet

Species Name: Enallagma carunculatum

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Species Distribution in Massachusetts

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Federal Rank: None

Massachusetts State Rank: Special Concern

Habitat Description

A variety of wetlands, but seem to be most numerous on large lakes. Have also been found on sluggish rivers and apparently are fairly tolerant of brackish and saline conditions.

Threats to Survival

Water quality degradation, disruption of natural flooding regimes, extensive recreational use of rivers and contamination from herbicides, insecticides and highway run-off.

Actions Recommended to Ensure Survival

Maintain water quality, protect wetlands and adjoining upland buffers, controlling road run-off, limiting the application of herbicides and insecticides, and maintaining sufficient water levels.