Bulinus forskalii 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Mollusca Gastropoda Hygrophila Planorbidae

Scientific Name: Bulinus forskalii
Species Authority: (Ehrenberg, 1831)
Regional Assessments:
Bulinus mariei (Crosse, 1879)
Isidora forskalii Ehrenberg, 1831
Physa dautzenbergi Germain, 1905
Physa wahlbergi Krauss, 1848
Physa gradata Melvill & Ponsonby, 1898
Physa vitrea Sowerby, 1873
Taxonomic Source(s): Bouchet, P., Marshall, B. and Rosenberg, G. 2016. MolluscaBase (2015). World Register of Marine Species . Available at: (Accessed: 25 April 2016).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2009-05-01
Assessor(s): Appleton, C., Ghamizi, M., Jørgensen, A., Kristensen, T.K., Ngereza, C., Stensgaard, A-S. & Van Damme, D.
Reviewer(s): Seddon, M., Van Damme, D., Graf, D.L., Appleton, C. & Bennett, L.
This is a widespread species. It is not under threat at present and assessed as Least Concern.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:Globally, this species is found from widespread all over Africa. It is essentially an afrotropical species reaching the Mediterranean only in lower Egypt. Its range extends west to Senegal and southwards to eastern and soutern South Africa (Brown 1994).

Eastern Africa: This species is widespread in eastern Africa.

Northern Africa: In the region under consideration it occurs in Egypt only. Recent records in Lake Qaron (Fayoum, Egypt), northern region of delta, and Nasser. Egypt is northern extent of species.

Northeastern Africa: It is known from south Sudan, scattered locations in Ethiopia, and Uebi Shebeli River in Somalia.

Southern Africa: It is distributed widely over southern Africa except in the arid western and central parts (Appleton 1996). It occurs in Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe and eastern and southern South Africa. The species may also be present in the lower Orange river (although this may be B. scalaris).

Western Africa: This species is widely distributed in Western Africa, throughout the Senegal River Basin and Middle Niger Basin.
Countries occurrence:
Angola (Angola, Angola); Benin; Burkina Faso; Burundi; Cameroon; Central African Republic; Chad; Congo; Congo, The Democratic Republic of the; Côte d'Ivoire; Egypt; Equatorial Guinea (Equatorial Guinea (mainland)); Ethiopia; Gabon; Gambia; Ghana; Guinea; Guinea-Bissau; Kenya; Liberia; Malawi; Mali; Mozambique; Niger; Senegal; Somalia; South Africa; South Sudan; Sudan; Swaziland; Tanzania, United Republic of; Togo; Zambia; Zimbabwe
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Population [top]

Population:No information available regarding population sizes, but the species is widespread.
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:It is found in lake margins, swamps, marshes, wetland areas. Present in both permanent and temporary habitats. Rarely in slowly flowing water. An efficient aestivator.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): No major threats to this widespread species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: No conservation measures in place specific for this species.

Citation: Appleton, C., Ghamizi, M., Jørgensen, A., Kristensen, T.K., Ngereza, C., Stensgaard, A-S. & Van Damme, D. 2010. Bulinus forskalii. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T165794A6129666. . Downloaded on 26 October 2016.
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