Bellamya contracta


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Bellamya contracta
Species Authority: (Haas, 1934)
Viviparus contracta Haas, 1934

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Endangered B1ab(iii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2008-06-05
Assessor(s): Jørgensen, A.
Reviewer(s): Van Damme, D., Seddon, M.B. (Mollusc Red List Authority) & Pollock, C.M. (IUCN Red List Unit)
Bellamya contract is known from only three locations. The extent of occurrence is less than 500 km² and the species is under serious threat from pollution caused by runoff from copper mining activities.
1996 Endangered

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Bellamya contracta is endemic to central Africa, recorded from southeastern DRC. Three locations are known; two on the Lufra stream (Kiubu Rapids) and one in the Kiala district (Mwadingusha) in upper Katanga.
Congo, The Democratic Republic of the
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Population [top]

Population: No information available regarding population sizes.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It is found in streams.
Systems: Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Wide scale copper mining in the area producing acidic and copper-based run-off is the main threat to this species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: No conservation measures in place specific for this species.

Citation: Jørgensen, A. 2010. Bellamya contracta. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 31 August 2015.
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