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Platythelphusa maculata

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA ARTHROPODA MALACOSTRACA DECAPODA POTAMONAUTIDAE

Scientific Name: Platythelphusa maculata
Species Authority: Cunnington, 1902
Taxonomic Notes: Bott (1955) treated this taxon as a junior synonym of Potamonautes (Platythelphusa) armata armata. Coulter (1991) treated this taxon as Potamonautes (Platythelphusa) maculata. 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:
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.
History:
2004 Least Concern

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Lake Tanganyika: Zambia and Tanzania. It occurs in waters from 1–60 m deep, on sand or rocks, sometimes inside empty Neothauma shells.
Countries:
Native:
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 material has been collected recently from more than one locality.
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

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 maculata. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 16 April 2014.
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