|Scientific Name:||Zabalius ophthalmicus (Walker, 1869)|
Pseudophyllus ophthalmicus Walker, 1869
|Red List Category & Criteria:||Least Concern ver 3.1|
|Assessor(s):||Bazelet, C. & Naskrecki, P.|
|Reviewer(s):||Hochkirch, A. & Willemse, L.P.M.|
The threat status of the Blue-legged Sylvan Katydid (Zabalius ophthalmicus) is Least Concern because it has a widespread distribution, a large extent of occurrence and its geographic range is not expected to be severely fragmented or to experience decline or extreme fluctuations presently or in the foreseeable future.
The Blue-legged Sylvan Katydid is distributed throughout the eastern part of sub-Saharan Africa (Hemp 2013). In South Africa, they are common in the eastern part of the country. In recent years, a population of the species was established in Cape Town and surrounding urban areas.
Native:Congo, The Democratic Republic of the; Kenya; Mozambique; Namibia; South Africa (Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo Province, Mpumalanga, Western Cape); Tanzania, United Republic of; Zimbabwe
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No information on population sizes or trends is available.
|Current Population Trend:||Unknown|
|Habitat and Ecology:|
This species lays its eggs in bark and then spends its entire life in trees. When threatened, these katydids extend and display their brightly coloured hind legs.
|Continuing decline in area, extent and/or quality of habitat:||Unknown|
|Movement patterns:||Not a Migrant|
|Use and Trade:||This species is not utilized.|
This species has a widespread distribution and has no known immediate threats.
|Conservation Actions:||No specific conservation measures are in place for this species but it has a widespread distribution.|
|Citation:||Bazelet, C. & Naskrecki, P. 2014. Zabalius ophthalmicus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2014: e.T20658341A56181327.Downloaded on 23 September 2017.|
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