Potamonautes montivagus 


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Arthropoda Malacostraca Decapoda Potamonautidae

Scientific Name: Potamonautes montivagus
Species Authority: (Chace, 1953)
Taxonomic Notes: Bott (1955) treated this species as a junior synonym of Potamonautes (Lirrangapotamonautes) johnstoni johnstoni. It is recognised here as the valid species Potamonautes montivagus.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable B2ab(i) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-01-01
Assessor(s): Cumberlidge, N.
Reviewer(s): Crandall, K. and Daniels, S. and McIvor, A.
Listed as Vulnerable. Although its extent of occurrence (range) is believed to extend throughout Malawi and exceed 20,000 km², it is believed that area of occupancy is likely to be < 2,000 km² since the species is restricted to rivers and streams. Currently it is known from seven locations (although further surveys may show that it occurs in more than 10 localities). A continuing decline in the extent of occurrence is inferred from the paucity of recent collections anywhere in its range. Potamonautes montivagus has been known to scientists for more than 50 years and yet still has only a poor representation in museum collections, and it has not been collected recently (in the past 30 years).
Previously published Red List assessments:
2004 Vulnerable (VU)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Malawi, Southern Africa.
Countries occurrence:
Number of Locations: 7
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Population [top]

Population: Population size is estimated to be less than 10,000 mature individuals over the entire range.
Current Population Trend: Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Unknown.
Systems: Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The major and future threats to this species include human-induced habitat loss/degradation and pollution.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: No conservation measures are known to be in place for this species and it is not found in a protected area.

Citation: Cumberlidge, N. 2008. Potamonautes montivagus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T44551A10918524. . Downloaded on 26 November 2015.
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