Chlorocypha schmidti


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Chlorocypha schmidti
Species Authority: Pinhey, 1967
Common Name(s):
English Albertine Jewel

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable B1ab(iii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2008-02-01
Assessor(s): Clausnitzer, V.
Reviewer(s): Djikstra, K. D, Kipping, J., Schutte, K. (Odonata Red List Authority) & Allen, D. (Freshwater Biodiversity Unit)
The species qualifies as Vulnerable due to the limited number of locations (4), the restricted Extent of Occurrence (EOO) and the decline in the area, extent and quality of habitat. VU B1ab(iii). It was previously assessed as Endangered but this has changed as new information has become available.

It is listed as Endangered in central Africa in view of extent of occurrence estimated to be less than 5,000 km² and area occupancy estimated to be less than 500 km², with ongoing habitat destruction. Originally recorded as "Libellago dispar cordosa" from "Northwest Tanganyika". Other record from "Mt. Hoyo, Bunia, Ituri, Congo". Only recorded from three localities in Ituri, Democratic Republic of Congo. More information on this species is urgently needed.

In eastern Africa, it is listed as Data Deficient in view of the sparse information on locality, habitat, distribution, etc. Once more surveys have been done, this species is likely to be listed in one of the higher threat categories.
2006 Endangered

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: The species has been recorded from Tanzania, east Democratic Republic of Congo (Ituri, Kivu), Congo (Bunia; "Urwald" Beni, "Urwald" Morea and Irangi, Ituri), Kenya, Uganda, Malawi, Burundi and north-west Tanzania. The record from Tanzania is a misinterpretation by Pinhey of Schmidt's side description: “Urwald (Primeval forest) behind the bordering mountains of north-west Tanganyaka[sic]-Sees” (Dijkstra 2007; Dijkstra, pers. comm.). Though not to be present in eastern Africa.
Congo, The Democratic Republic of the
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Population [top]

Population: Population size is unknown.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Forest streams.
Systems: Terrestrial; Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The main threats to the species are destruction of rainforests, clearing of forest areas along rivers and streams due to agriculture and wood extraction.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: No conservation measures known but information on taxonomy, population ecology, habitat status and population trends would be valuable. Habitat/site based conservation is also required.

Citation: Clausnitzer, V. 2010. Chlorocypha schmidti. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 02 September 2015.
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