Platythelphusa denticulata 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Arthropoda Malacostraca Decapoda Potamonautidae

Scientific Name: Platythelphusa denticulata Capart, 1952
Taxonomic Notes: Coulter (1991) treated this taxon as Potamonautes (Platythelphusa) denticulata. Cumberlidge et al. (1999) considered this taxon to be a possible junior synonym of P. armata. This taxon was revived by Marijnissen et al. (2004) following the reexaminaton of the type specimen and the collection of more material. 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. & Marijnissen, S.A.E.
Reviewer(s): Crandall, K.A., McIvor, A. & Daniels, S.
Listed as Least Concern because there is no evidence that there is a decline in the extent and quality of its habitat and there are no long-term threats to its habitat from disturbance and pollution. Its extent of occurrence is less than 20,000 km² and it is known from less than five localities, so might otherwise qualify for VU under D2 or EN under B1a(iii) if threats or a decline in habitat were known.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:Endemic to Lake Tanganyika, known only from Tanzanian waters.
Countries occurrence:
Tanzania, United Republic of
Additional data:
Number of Locations:3
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Population [top]

Population:It has a potentially low population level (based on low representation in museum collections and the scarcity of recent additional material).
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:Lake Tanganyika.

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. & Marijnissen, S.A.E. 2008. Platythelphusa denticulata. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T44552A10918760. . Downloaded on 20 September 2017.
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