Acicula benoiti


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Acicula benoiti
Species Authority: (Bourguignat, 1864)
Taxonomic Notes: This species is considered a taxon separate from Acicula lallemanti (Bourguignat, 1864) (Boeters et al. 1989).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable D2 ver 3.1
Year Published: 2013
Date Assessed: 2011-04-01
Assessor(s): Neubert, E.
Reviewer(s): Cuttelod, A. & Bilz, M.
Although the species has a large extent of occurrence (EOO = 4,500 km2), it is only known from three locations and the area of occupancy (AOO) is only 12 km2. Its distribution area is fragmented and quarries are potential threats,  it is therefore considered as Vulnerable (VU) D2.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is endemic to Sicily, Italy. It is recorded from three locations on the island: Palermo, Corleone and Siracusa. The distribution area seems to be seriously fragmented.
Italy (Sicilia)
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Population [top]

Population: There is no information available on the population size or trend of this species.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: There is no published information available on the habitat of this species. Inferring from closely related species, it very  probably lives in decaying material in rock crevices of larger limestone formations, or even subterraneously.
Systems: Terrestrial

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: This species is not used.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no threats known to this species. However, quarrying could destroy the habitat to this species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: There is no conservation action in place for this species.

Citation: Neubert, E. 2013. Acicula benoiti. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 30 March 2015.
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