Lavigeria nassa


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Lavigeria nassa
Species Authority: (Woodward, 1859)
Taxonomic Notes: The taxonomy of Lavigeria is currently under large-scale revision. Existing taxonomy (Brown 1994) recognizes only two species (L. grandis and L. nassa), however revision (Michel and Todd in prep) will include approximately 43 species. Included here are a few of the name-bearing taxa whose names (from older literature, but not always consistently applied) have been used in relatively recent literature and are included in West et al. (2003). West et al. 2003 includes 20 Lavigeria species, Michel et al. 2004 includes 28 species. Extensive ecological information is available on a number of Lavigeria species, especially in the Kigoma, Tanzania region. (E. Michel, pers. comm.)

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2004-05-30
Needs updating
Assessor(s): Ngereza, C.
Reviewer(s): Seddon, M.B. & Kristensen, T. (Mollusc Red List Authority)
This species has a widespread distribution with no major widespread threats identified.
2004 Least Concern
1996 Endangered

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is endemic to Lake Tanganyika. The type locality is at Ujiji. It is present on all shores, and known from 56 locations. It is possible that further surveys may locate more sites for this species.
Burundi; Congo, The Democratic Republic of the; Tanzania, United Republic of; Zambia
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Population [top]

Population: No information available.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It is abundant in the littoral zone of the lake, where it browses on algae on wave-beaten rocks.
Systems: Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Sedimentation is the most crucial threat to the species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: No information available.

Citation: Ngereza, C. 2010. Lavigeria nassa. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 01 September 2015.
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