Platythelphusa conculcata


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Platythelphusa conculcata
Species Authority: Cunnington, 1907
Taxonomic Notes: Bott (1955) treated this taxon as Potamonautes (Platythelphusa) armata conculcata. Coulter (1991) treated this taxon as Potamonautes (Platythelphusa) conculcata. The revisions by Cumberlidge (1997, 1999) and Cumberlidge et al. (1999), revived the genus Platythelphusa, and referred this species to Platythelphusa conculcata. Cumberlidge(1999), Cumberlidge et al. (1999) and Marijnissen et al. (2004) recognised nine species in the genus, all of which are endemic to Lake Tanganyika. This genus was formerly assigned to the Platythelphusidae (Cumberlidge 1999, Cumberlidge et al. 1999, Marijnissen et al. 2004). It was recently transferred to the Potamonautidae: Potamonautinae by Cumberlidge et al. (2007).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-01-01
Assessor(s): Cumberlidge, N. and Marijnissen, S.A.E.
Reviewer(s): Crandall, K. and Daniels, S. and McIvor, A.
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, presumed large population, and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.
2004 Least Concern

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Endemic to Lake Tanganyika: Tanzania, Burundi, Zambia and D. R. Congo, from depths between 20-60 m.
Burundi; Congo; Tanzania, United Republic of; Zambia
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Population [top]

Population: Its population is estimated to be stable based on indirect measures such as the fact that a lot of material
has been collected recently from more than one locality (S. Marijnissen, pers. comm.) and that it is well represented in museum collections
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Endemic to Lake Tanganyika: Burundi, Zambia and D. R. Congo, from depths between 20 and 60 m.
Systems: Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): None known.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: None in place.

Citation: Cumberlidge, N. and Marijnissen, S.A.E. 2008. Platythelphusa conculcata. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 29 March 2015.
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