Acanthothericles bicoloripes


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Acanthothericles bicoloripes
Species Authority: Descamps, 1977
Common Name(s):
English Morogoro Pretty Grasshopper

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Critically Endangered B1ab(iii)+2ab(iii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2014
Date Assessed: 2014-02-11
Assessor(s): Hochkirch, A.
Reviewer(s): Willemse, L.P.M. & Bushell, M.
Contributor(s): Weinberger, J.
Acanthothericles bicoloripes is only known from one location (Morogoro, Tanzania), where the species has not been recorded since 1939 (Descamps 1977). Due to its small range and the ongoing loss of its habitat caused by deforestation, it is assessed as Critically Endangered. The species is possibly extinct as no recent records exist despite some research in the area.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Acanthothericles bicoloripes is only known from its type locality (Morogoro, Tanzania), where the species has been collected in 1939.
Tanzania, United Republic of
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Population [top]


No data on population sizes or trends exist.

Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: The habitat of Acanthothericles bicoloripes has not been studied in detail. However, the type locality lies in a zone of lowland and submontane rainforest. Its sister species has been found in the same region (Uluguru Mountains), but at higher elevations.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The major threat to this species is the ongoing deforestation in the area caused by conversion to agricultural land use.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions:

No specific conservation measures are in place for this species.

Citation: Hochkirch, A. 2014. Acanthothericles bicoloripes. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 28 August 2015.
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