Lavigeria paucicostata


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Lavigeria paucicostata
Species Authority: (Bourguignat, 1888)
Taxonomic Notes: The taxonomy of Lavigeria is currently under large-scale revision. Existing taxonomy (Brown 1994) recognizes only two species (L. grandis and L. nassa), however revision (Michel and Todd in prep) will include approximately 43 species. Included here are a few of the name-bearing taxa whose names (from older literature, but not always consistently applied) have been used in relatively recent literature and are included in West et al. (2003). West et al. 2003 includes 20 Lavigeria species, Michel et al. 2004 includes 28 species. Extensive ecological information is available on a number of Lavigeria species, especially in the Kigoma, Tanzania region. (E. Michel, pers. comm.) Lavigera paucicostata is not well defined and past uses of the name are likely to be in error according to current taxonomy.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2004-05-30
Assessor(s): Ngereza, C.
Reviewer(s): Seddon, M.B. & Kristensen, T. (Mollusc Red List Authority)
This species has a widespread distribution with no major widespread threats identified.
2004 Least Concern

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is endemic to Lake Tanganyika. This species is known from 36 locations in the southern half of the lake, it is known from Kigoma (Tanzania) to Zambia, with uncertain distribution in Congo.
Burundi; Congo, The Democratic Republic of the; Tanzania, United Republic of; Zambia
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Population [top]

Population: When it occurs it is in relatively large numbers.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species is found on muddy, sandy and sometimes rocky substrate attached to shells in shell lag deposit of macrophytes. 1-20 m depth.
Systems: Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Possible threats to this species are water pollution, and sedimentation.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Monitoring of populations near Kigoma is part of ongoing research program in Nyanza Project (website ref. below) and in resultant publications (e.g. McIntrye et al. in press).

Citation: Ngereza, C. 2010. Lavigeria paucicostata. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 27 March 2015.
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