Ophiogomphus cecilia was not uncommon along the river Maas and its tributaries in the 1920s and 1930s. The last record prior to the 1990s dates from 1936. The records of several individuals in southern Limburg in 1995 and 1996 therefore came as a great surprise. In 2000 a population was discovered along the river Roer in the central part of Limburg (not on the map). It is not unlikely that the species will occupy other small rivers or even the Maas in the near future. Its present Red List qualification as critical would then require re-evaluation.
Kalkman, V.J., Krekels, R.
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