Cambarus veitchorum 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Arthropoda Malacostraca Decapoda Cambaridae

Scientific Name: Cambarus veitchorum Cooper & Cooper, 1997
Common Name(s):
English White Spring Cave Crayfish

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Critically Endangered (Possibly Extinct) D ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2010-06-01
Assessor(s): Cordeiro, J. & Thoma, R.F.
Reviewer(s): Collen, B. & Richman, N.
Contributor(s): Soulsby, A.-M., Batchelor, A., Dyer, E., Whitton, F., Livingston, F., Milligan, H.T., Smith, J., Lutz, M.L., De Silva, R., McGuinness, S., Kasthala, G., Jopling, B., Sullivan, K. & Cryer, G.
Cambarus veitchorum has been assessed as Critically Endangered (possibly extinct) under criterion D. This species is located in one cave, indicating a very restricted distribution. The only population data available is from 1968, when seven individuals were recorded. In 2007, a survey was conducted to try and find this species at the type locality, but no individuals were found. While a threat has not been identified, this species is thought to have undergone a decline in the number of mature individuals. Surveys are needed to determine if this species is in fact still extant within its range or if it is in fact Extinct, and the threats that are possibly driving the decline.
Date last seen: 1968

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species is restricted to one cave in Limestone County, Alabama, USA (Fetzner 2008). In 2007, Buhay et al. conducted a survey of 27 caves in the surrounding area, including this species' only known location, and none were recorded.  It is only known from a single location with an estimated extent of occurrence of less than 1 km² and an inferred area of occupancy of less than 0.4 km² (Buhay et al. 2007).
Countries occurrence:
Possibly extinct:
United States (Alabama)
Additional data:
Estimated area of occupancy (AOO) - km2:0-0.4
Number of Locations:1
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Population [top]

Population:In 1968, only seven individuals of this species were recorded (Buhay 2006). In a survey conducted in 2006, none were found (Buhay 2006). The species was only recently described (R. Thoma, T. Jones and J. Cordeiro pers. comm. 2009).
Current Population Trend:Decreasing
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:This species is only known from subterranean pools (Buhay et al. 2007).  It co-occurs with Cambarus jonesi at White Spring Cave in Alabama (Buhay et al. 2007).

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): It is unknown what threats are impacting this species (R. Thoma, T. Jones, J. Cordeiro pers. comm. 2009).

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species has been given a Global Heritage Status Rank of G1 by NatureServe (Taylor et al. 2007, NatureServe 2009) and 'endangered' by the American Fisheries Society (Taylor et al. 2007). Further research is needed to determine whether this species is still located in the cave, while other surveys should be undertaken in other surrounding caves again to record if it has spread elsewhere (R. Thoma, T. Jones and J. Cordeiro pers. comm. 2009).

Citation: Cordeiro, J. & Thoma, R.F. 2010. Cambarus veitchorum. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T153812A4548192. . Downloaded on 22 June 2018.
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