Aresceutica subnuda


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Aresceutica subnuda
Species Authority: Karsch, 1896
Common Name(s):
English Usambara Dusky Grasshopper

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Endangered B1ab(iii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2013
Date Assessed: 2013-01-03
Assessor(s): Hochkirch, A.
Reviewer(s): Willemse, L.P.M. & Odé, B.
Contributor(s): Weinberger, J.
Aresceutica subnuda is endemic to a small area in N Tanzania and S Kenya. It occurs at forest edges and on clearings and is threatened by deforestation and agricultural land use. Due to its small range and the ongoing habitat loss it is assessed as 'Endangered'.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Aresceutica subnuda occurs in the East Usambara Mts. (Tanzania) and Shimba Hills (Kenya).
Kenya; Tanzania, United Republic of
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Population [top]

Population: No data on population sizes or trends exist.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Aresceutica subnuda occurs on clearings and at edges of submontane rainforest (Hochkirch 1996, 1998).
Systems: Terrestrial

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: This species is not utilized.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Deforestation and agricultural land use are the major threats to Aresceutica subnuda.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: No specific conservation measures are in place for this species, but it occurs in three protected areas.

Bibliography [top]

Hochkirch, A. 1996. Habitat preferences of grasshoppers (Orthoptera: Acridoidea, Eumastacoidea) in the East Usambara Mts., NE Tanzania, and their use for bioindication. Ecotropica 2(195-217).

Hochkirch, A. 1998. A comparison of the grasshopper fauna (Orthoptera: Acridoidea & Eumastacoidea) of the Uluguru Mountains and the East Usambara Mountains, Tanzania. Journal of East African Natural History 87: 221-232.

IUCN. 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (ver. 2013.2). Available at: (Accessed: 13 November 2013).

Johnsen, P. 1971. Notes on African Acridoidea in Danish Museums. Part 2. Natura Jutlandica 16: 7-55.

Kevan, D.K.McE. 1956. Results from the Danish Expedition to the French Cameroons 1949-50 XV. Orthoptera: Acrididae. Bulletin de l’I.F.A.N. 18(3): 960-977.

Phipps, J. 1959. Studies on East African Acridoidea (Orthoptera) with special reference to egg-production, habitats and seasonal cycles. Transactions of the Royal Entomological Society London (A) 41: 25-36.

Citation: Hochkirch, A. 2013. Aresceutica subnuda. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 29 August 2015.
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