Bellamya rubicunda


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Bellamya rubicunda
Species Authority: (von Martens, 1879)
Taxonomic Notes: Only known and recorded from Lake Albert. It is considered endemic to this lake.
Note: the type locality for this species is not Lake Victoria as originally reported; which is rather misleading for a species only known from Lake Albert. (Mandahl-Barth 1954 and Verdcourt 1992)

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Near Threatened ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2004-05-30
Assessor(s): Kyambadde, R.
Reviewer(s): Seddon, M.B. & Kristensen, T. (Mollusc Red List Authority)
The EOO of this species is less than 5,000 km² based on the total area of Lake Albert (5,335 km²) and the fact the species only occurs down to 18 m deep. It is therefore close to meeting Endangered B1. However, the number of locations is unknown and threats appear to be localised and dispersed, therefore it is assessed as Near Threatened.
1996 Endangered

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is endemic to Lake Albert, Uganda.
Congo, The Democratic Republic of the; Uganda
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Population [top]

Population: No information available.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Occurring down to 18 m in depth.
Systems: Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): This species faces a declining quality of habitat due to erosion and silting from agriculture and water pollution.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: No information available.

Citation: Kyambadde, R. 2010. Bellamya rubicunda. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 29 March 2015.
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