Mahatha ornatipes


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Mahatha ornatipes
Species Authority: (Roux, 1915)
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): Bahir, M.M., Ng, P.K.L., Crandall, K. & Pethiyagoda, R. and Cumberlidge, N.
Reviewer(s): Darwall, W. (IUCN Freshwater Biodiversity Assessment Unit), Pollock, C.M. (IUCN Red List Unit) and McIvor, A.
Listed as Least Concern because although the species' extent of occurrence (EOO) is 5,000 km², it is known from >10 locations. At least some of the species' range lies within protected areas. It is relatively widespread and abundant and appears to be tolerant to changes in land use.
2006 Least Concern (IUCN 2006)
2006 Least Concern

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Endemic to Sri Lanka. Batadomba Cave, Deerwood Tea Estate, Peak Wilderness, Galle, Kanneliya Forest - Galle, Bulutota Pass, Knuckles.
Sri Lanka
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Population [top]

Population: Common.
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Occurs in freshwater aquatic habitats in the wet zone area of Sri Lanka. Non-type specimens obtained from wet sandy-rocky substrate, at or near small streams on a steep and heavily-wooded hill.
Systems: Terrestrial; Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): unknown

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Protected sites, administered by the Forest Department.

Citation: Bahir, M.M., Ng, P.K.L., Crandall, K. & Pethiyagoda, R. and Cumberlidge, N. 2008. Mahatha ornatipes. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 29 March 2015.
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