|Red List Category & Criteria:
||Samways, M. & Hamer, M. (Southern African Invertebrate Red List Authority)
This very large-bodied species (20 cm long) was first collected in 1996 about 30 km west of Durban, then later in 2001 in the Kranzkloof Nature Reserve, and in 2003 in the Eston area. The fact that the Durban and Pietermaritzburg areas are well-sampled and the conspicuousness of this species suggests that the distribution is really patchy and restricted. The locality west of Durban (Macintosh Falls) is a small patch of forest (less than 2 km²) along a very busy freeway (the N3). The forest is used for medicinal plant extraction, and the quality of the habitat is threatened by a large number of alien invasive plants. Pollution – both litter and air pollution from the road may threaten the habitat. Kranzkloof Nature Reserve is protected by KZN Wildlife. The major threat here is from alien invasive plants, and extraction of medicinal plants by informal settlement dwellers. The Eston locality is on private land and is also threatened by alien invasive plants. The area of occurrence and occupancy of this species are likely to have been reduced because the region has undergone radical development and transformation through suburban development and agriculture, and this is ongoing. Very little natural vegetation remains in the area of occurrence. This species appears to have little potential for dispersal.