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Platythelphusa tuberculata

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA ARTHROPODA MALACOSTRACA DECAPODA POTAMONAUTIDAE

Scientific Name: Platythelphusa tuberculata
Species Authority: Capart, 1952
Taxonomic Notes: Coulter (1991) treated this taxon as Potamonautes (Platythelphusa) tuberculata. This genus was formerly assigned (Cumberlidge 1999, Cumberlidge et al. 1999, Marijnissen et al. 2004) to the Platythelphusidae. 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:
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. Platythelphusa tuberculata is endemic to Lake Tanganyika, East Africa. This species is not well represented in museum collections, but quite a bit of recent material has been collected in the past 10 years. Recent surveys at Kigoma, Tanzania have revealed this species to be locally common.
History:
2004 Least Concern

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Lake Tanganyika: Burundi, D. R. Congo. Collected in waters 100-50 m deep where the lake bed is muddy. The type locality is at Moba in Burundi, 20 m deep. This distinct long-legged large species is found in deeper parts of the sublittoral zone in the northern end of the lake where the lakebed is muddy. This species has also been found in
the stomachs of lake fish such as Chrysichthyes brachynema (Capart 1952) and C. stappersi (Coulter 1991).
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 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. Collected in waters 100-50 m deep where the lakebed is muddy. The type locality is at Moba in Burundi, 20 m deep. This distinct long-legged large species is found in deeper parts of the sublittoral zone in the northern end of the lake where the lakebed is muddy. This species has also been found in the stomaches of lake fish such as Chrysichthyes brachynema (Capart 1952) and C. stappersi (Coulter 1991).
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 tuberculata. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 26 October 2014.
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