Mahatha adonis 


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Arthropoda Malacostraca Decapoda Gecarcinucidae

Scientific Name: Mahatha adonis
Species Authority: Ng & Tay, 2001
Taxonomic Notes: This species was formerly included in the Parathelphusidae but has recently been reassigned to the Gecarcinucidae; Parathelphusidae is now regarded as a junior synonym of Gecarcinucidae (Klause et al. in press).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-01-01
Assessor(s): Esser, L. and Cumberlidge, N.
Reviewer(s): Cumberlidge, N. and McIvor, A.
This species is common and is known from six sites. Although there is a loss of habitat quality in the area where it lives, there is no evidence that it is affecting this species in a negative way. It is also found in a protected area administered by the Forest Department. It is listed here as Least Concern.
Previously published Red List assessments:
2006 Not Evaluated (NE)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Sri Lanka: Mahaweli Basin, Knuckles, Moneragala. The original description of this species lists six different localities (Ng and Tay 2001).
Countries occurrence:
Sri Lanka
Number of Locations: 6
Lower elevation limit (metres): 100
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Population [top]

Population: Frequency at sites: common
Current Population Trend: Stable
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species is found within burrows along paddy field embankments, specimens also obtained from shallow muddy streams. Therefore it may be responding positively to habitat changes that have already been made, such as disturbance from agricultural practices.
Systems: Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Habitat loss and pollution. Habitat subjected to degradation because of direct human impacts. However it may not be affected by these.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: No conservation measures are known to be in place for this species but it is found in a protected area administered by Forest Department (although this is subjected to degradation because of direct human impacts).

Citation: Esser, L. and Cumberlidge, N. 2008. Mahatha adonis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T61707A12538797. . Downloaded on 30 November 2015.
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