Solatopupa psarolena


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Solatopupa psarolena
Species Authority: (Bourguignat, 1859)

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable D2 ver 3.1
Year Published: 2013
Date Assessed: 2010-09-29
Assessor(s): Gargominy, O. & Falkner, M.
Reviewer(s): Neubert, E., von Proschwitz, T. & Bilz, M.
This narrow endemic is found on the border between France and Italy. The area of occupancy is below 20 km2 and the number of locations is four. The populations are threatened by road enlargements and quarrying, the current population trend is unknown. This species is therefore considered as Vulnerable (VU) D2.

This species was also assessed at the regional level:
European regional assessment: Vulnerable (VU) D2
EU 27 regional assessment: Vulnerable (VU) D2 at the level of the 27 member States of the European Union
1994 Indeterminate (Groombridge 1994)
1990 Indeterminate (IUCN 1990)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This mollusc is a narrow endemic to France and Italy, where it occurs in the Alpes Maritime along the border between France and Italy. The area of occupancy is below 20 km2.
France (France (mainland)); Italy (Italy (mainland))
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Population [top]

Population: There are four localities in the French Valley of Royas and two localities in Italy. In the past, a larger distribution was suspected as suggested by one record from 1908 (Falkner et al. 2002).
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It is a Mediterranean rock-dwelling species on limestone. The populations are scattered and the reasons for this fragmentation are not known.
Systems: Terrestrial

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: This species is not used.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Quarrying and road enlargement might affect the few known localities. One road enlargement project has already been stopped because of the existence of this species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: The species is protected under French law and the local administration is aware about the existence of the populations.

Citation: Gargominy, O. & Falkner, M. 2013. Solatopupa psarolena. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 31 March 2015.
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