Neothauma tanganyicense


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Neothauma tanganyicense
Species Authority: Smith, 1880

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: The only living specimens have been found in Lake Tanganyika. Fossil shells have been recorded from Lakes Edward and Albert basins (potential relict endemic).
Burundi; Tanzania, United Republic of; Uganda; Zambia
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Population [top]

Population: No information available.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Individuals found on soft substrate or more commonly in huge shell beds of empty shells and living animals. Reproduction is by brooding one or two very large young, thus estimate population growth rates could be slow and shell beds are result of long-term accumulation. Shells are large, thus individual growth could be slow. This species is found up to 65 meters deep.
Systems: Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): This species is threatened by sedimentation.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: No information available.

Citation: Ngereza, C. 2010. Neothauma tanganyicense. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 31 August 2015.
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