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Melanoides admirabilis

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA MOLLUSCA GASTROPODA SORBEOCONCHA THIARIDAE

Scientific Name: Melanoides admirabilis
Species Authority: (Smith, 1880)

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Near Threatened ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2004-05-30
Assessor/s: Nicayenzi, F. & Ngereza, C.
Reviewer/s: Seddon, M.B. & Kristensen, T. (Mollusc Red List Authority)
Justification:
The EOO of this species is probably less than 20,000km², and it is found at only eight sites. However, the threats of sedimentation and pollution are dispersed and localised.
History:
2004 Near Threatened

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is found in the Malagarasi River and Luiche, near Kigoma. It is found at only six sites in Tanzania, one in Zambia and one in DRC. Occasional shells in the Lake proper and individuals in delta regions lead to erroneous range including Lake Tanganyika.
Countries:
Native:
Burundi; Congo, The Democratic Republic of the; Tanzania, United Republic of; Zambia
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Population [top]

Population: Found in very large numbers in soft sediment along some banks of tributaries to Lake Tanganyika in shallow water.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species is documented to thrive on the organic sediment deposited by the larger tributaries flowing into the lake i.e. River Malagarasi. Populations are all female, reproduction parthenogenetic by brooding.
Systems: Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): No information available on major threats.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: No information available.
Citation: Nicayenzi, F. & Ngereza, C. 2010. Melanoides admirabilis. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 18 April 2014.
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