Platycypha auripes 

Scope: Global, Pan-Africa & Eastern Africa
Language: English

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Arthropoda Insecta Odonata Chlorocyphidae

Scientific Name: Platycypha auripes (Förster, 1906)
Common Name(s):
English Tanzania Jewel
Libellago auripes Förster, 1906

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Endangered B1ab(iii)+2ab(iii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2018
Date Assessed: 2018-04-19
Assessor(s): Clausnitzer, V.
Reviewer(s): Dijkstra, K.-D.B. & Suhling, F.
Platycypha auripes occurs in forest streams of the Eastern Arc Mountains. Extent of occurrence is 16,676 km² and area of occupancy 48 km². It is assessed as Endangered in view of its restricted range in the East Usambara, Uluguru and Udzungwa Mts and only 5 locations with trustworthy records. The forest areas of all three mountain ranges have been largely destroyed during the last century and currently only parts of the East Usambara and the Udzungwa Mts experience some kind of protection, while at all other sides the forests are cleared or logged. The Tanzania Jewel is sensitive to forest destruction and is replaced by the Common Dancing Jewel, if the habitat is disturbed.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:Endemic to the Usambara, Uluguru and Udzungwa Mountains (eastern Arc Mountains) in Tanzania. Remaining forest habitat (and hence the population) is fragmented across the known range area.
Countries occurrence:
Tanzania, United Republic of
Additional data:
Estimated area of occupancy (AOO) - km2:48
Number of Locations:5
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Population [top]

Population:No information available.
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Continuing decline of mature individuals:Yes
Population severely fragmented:Yes

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:Found in and around forest streams.
Systems:Terrestrial; Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Forest destruction, as a result of agriculture and wood extraction, in the Eastern Arc Mountains means that often only forests on hill-tops remain, where no suitable breeding habitats exist.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: No information available but research into conservation measures, and trends/monitoring of this species would be valuable. Habitat and site-based actions are also required.

Citation: Clausnitzer, V. 2018. Platycypha auripes. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2018: e.T60004A75234429. . Downloaded on 14 August 2018.
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