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Platythelphusa echinata

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA ARTHROPODA MALACOSTRACA DECAPODA POTAMONAUTIDAE

Scientific Name: Platythelphusa echinata
Species Authority: Capart, 1952
Taxonomic Notes: Coulter (1991) treated this taxon as Potamonautes (Platythelphusa) echinata. 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.
Justification:
Platythelphusa echinata is endemic to Lake Tanganyika, East Africa. It is 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. Although this species is not well represented in museum collections, it may be abundant because quite a bit of recent material has been collected in the past 10 years and recent surveys at Kigoma, Tanzania have revealed this species to be locally common.
History:
2004 Least Concern

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Endemic to Lake Tanganyika: Burundi and Tanzania. This species is found in waters from 5–30 m deep, where the lake-bed is sandy or rocky, and it is sometimes found in sandy or muddy parts of the lake inside empty Neothauma sp. shells.
Countries:
Native:
Burundi; Tanzania, United Republic of
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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.).
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Endemic to Lake Tanganyika. This species is found in waters from 5.30 m deep, where the lake-bed is sandy or rocky, and it is sometimes found in sandy or muddy parts of the lake inside empty Neothauma sp. shells.
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 echinata. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 28 November 2014.
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