Platythelphusa polita


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Platythelphusa polita
Species Authority: Capart, 1952
Taxonomic Notes: Coulter (1991) treated this taxon as Potamonautes (Platythelphusa) polita. 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.
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.
2004 Least Concern

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Lake Tanganyika: Burundi, Tanzania and D. R. Congo. Platythelphusa polita occurs in waters from 5–60 m deep, where the lake bottom is either sandy or rocky and there are shell beds. This species is sometimes found inside empty Neothauma shells.
Burundi; Congo; 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 (R. Bills, pers comm.).
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 polita. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 02 September 2015.
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