This insect is one of three dragonflies in the Gomphidae family that are identified as "species of greatest conservation need" (SGCN) in Washington due to the small number of isolated populations and continued threats to their habitat.
Sensitivity to climate change
There is little information on the sensitivity of this species to climate change, but similar to the Pacific clubtail, it is likely influenced by air temperature, water temperature, and shifting flow regimes. Temperature is known to influence the phenology, development, behavior and other characteristics of dragonflies, and warming temperatures (both air and water) will likely impact this species during various life stages. Hydrological changes (e.g., reduced stream flows) and drought may degrade or reduce aquatic habitat available for this species and/or compound increases in water temperature. White-belted ringtail is also likely sensitive to disturbance events (e.g., fire, floods) that reduce riparian vegetation, which eliminates stream shade and foraging and roosting sites for adults, and/or that increase siltation, which can kill larvae.
Exposure to climate change
- Increased air and water temperatures
- Altered flow regimes (low summer flows and increased winter flooding)
- Altered fire regimes