Oziothelphusa ritigala 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Arthropoda Malacostraca Decapoda Gecarcinucidae

Scientific Name: Oziothelphusa ritigala Bahir & Yeo, 2005
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: Vulnerable D2 ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-01-01
Assessor(s): Esser, L.J. & Cumberlidge, N.
Reviewer(s): Darwall, W.R.T., Pollock, C.M. & McIvor, A.
Listed as Vulnerable because it is found in only two locations and there are threats from habitat degradation. Its extent of occurrence is less than 900 kmĀ². However its populations are locally strong, and it can live in human modified habitats.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:Sri Lanka: Only known from Ritigala and Mundel, in the north central dry zone of Sri Lanka.
Countries occurrence:
Sri Lanka
Additional data:
Number of Locations:2
Lower elevation limit (metres):21
Upper elevation limit (metres):200
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Population [top]

Population:Frequency of species at sites: common.
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:Found in deep burrows in rice-field embankments and adjacent stream margins and in the banks of the canals and streams.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Habitat loss and pollution.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: No conservation measures are known to be in place for this species. It is found in a protected area administered by Department of Wildlife Conservation and subject to degradation (direct human impacts).

Citation: Esser, L.J. & Cumberlidge, N. 2008. Oziothelphusa ritigala. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T61719A12544140. . Downloaded on 19 October 2017.
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