Lanistes ovum 

Scope: Western Africa
Language: English

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Mollusca Gastropoda Architaenioglossa Ampullariidae

Scientific Name: Lanistes ovum Peters, 1845
Regional Assessments:
Lanistes connollyi Pain, 1954
Lanistes elatior Haas, 1936
Lanistes innesi Pallary, 1902
Lanistes procerus Martens, 1866

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern (Regional assessment) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2006-07-04
Needs updating
Assessor(s): Thomas K. Kristensen & Anne-Sofie Stensgaard
Reviewer(s): Mary Seddon and Anna McIvor
This species has a wide distribution, with no known major widespread threats. It is therefore listed as Least Concern.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:Within western Africa this species is common from Senegal to Chad.
Elsewhere it has scattered localities throughout tropical Africa; southern Sudan, southern Somalia, coastal Kenya and southwards to northeast Natal.
Countries occurrence:
Benin; Burkina Faso; Cameroon; Chad; Guinea; Guinea-Bissau; Mali; Niger; Nigeria; Senegal; Sudan
Additional data:
Range Map:165799-7

Population [top]

Population:No information available.
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:This species is found in a range of habitats; standing and slowly flowing waters with muddy bottoms and vegetation, seasonal pans, rainpools, fishponds. It is abundant where it occurs.

It also plays host to a species of water mite (Gledhill 1985).

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: This species is harvested for human consumption.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Habitat loss and degradation is a likely threat, particularly from agricultural practises. This species is also harvested for human consumption.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: No conservation measures known of, but it would be valuable to have information about habitat status, population size and distribution.

Citation: Thomas K. Kristensen & Anne-Sofie Stensgaard. 2010. Lanistes ovum. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T165799A6134383. . Downloaded on 20 August 2018.
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