Africocypha centripunctata 

Scope: Global & Pan-Africa
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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Arthropoda Insecta Odonata Chlorocyphidae

Scientific Name: Africocypha centripunctata (Gambles, 1975)
Regional Assessments:
Common Name(s):
English Banded Jewel
Chlorocypha centripunctata Gambles, 1975
Taxonomic Source(s): Schorr, M. and Paulson, D. 2014. World Odonata List. Tacoma, Washington, USA Available at: (Accessed: 17 February 2014).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Endangered B1ab(iii)+2ab(iii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2018
Date Assessed: 2017-10-27
Assessor(s): Clausnitzer, V. & Dijkstra, K.-D.B.
Reviewer(s): Kipping, J., Meziere, N.M. & Suhling, F.
Overall, the species is known from 15 records at four locations; two of these are considered under threat, whilst the other two are not. The species is assessed as Endangered (B1ab(iii), B2ab(iii)) due to the restricted area of occupancy  (24 km²), being present in just four locations and an ongoing decline in habitat area and quality. The locality in Nigeria needs a survey, since the records are more than 50 years old. The given locality "Obudu" refers most likely to the Obudu Plateau.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:The species has been recorded from a few locations in Cameroon (Mt Kupe and Bakossi Mts (Kodmin/Kumin) in adjacent SW Cameroon, and Baba II Forest near Babenda (Dijkstra pers. comm.)). The species is also known from the Obudu Plateau of SE Nigeria (type locality), but these records are from 1961 and 1962 and surveys are needed to see, whether the population is still extant.
Countries occurrence:
Additional data:
Estimated area of occupancy (AOO) - km2:24
Number of Locations:4
Lower elevation limit (metres):700
Upper elevation limit (metres):2000
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Population [top]

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

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:Rocky submontane (above 700 m Asl) rainforest streams.
Systems:Terrestrial; Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The specific threats to the species in the highlands of Cameroon are unknown but forest destruction (selective logging and for agricultural expansion) is believed to be potential threat.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: No conservation measures known but information on taxonomy, population ecology, habitat status and population trends would be valuable.

Citation: Clausnitzer, V. & Dijkstra, K.-D.B. 2018. Africocypha centripunctata. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2018: e.T169202A75106103. . Downloaded on 22 September 2018.
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