Tiphobia horei 

Scope: Global, Pan-Africa & Eastern Africa
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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Mollusca Gastropoda Sorbeoconcha Paludomidae

Scientific Name: Tiphobia horei Smith, 1880

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2004-05-30
Needs updating
Assessor(s): Ngereza, C.
Reviewer(s): Seddon, M.B. & Kristensen, T. (Mollusc Red List Authority)
This species has a widespread distribution with no major widespread threats identified.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species is endemic to Lake Tanganyika. It is recorded from the coastlines of all four countries (Burundi, Tanzania, Zambia and DRC).
Countries occurrence:
Burundi; Congo, The Democratic Republic of the; Tanzania, United Republic of; Zambia
Additional data:
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Population [top]

Population:Shells caught in fishermen's nets come up in large numbers indicating concentrated populations.
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:It is found in muddy substrates especially near river mouths. Generally in deep water, but could be shallow to 150 meters.

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: Collected for the shell trade.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): This species is threatened by sedimentation, and dredging by fishermen and the shell trade.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: No information available.

Classifications [top]

5. Wetlands (inland) -> 5.5. Wetlands (inland) - Permanent Freshwater Lakes (over 8ha)

In-Place Research, Monitoring and Planning
In-Place Land/Water Protection and Management
In-Place Species Management
In-Place Education
5. Biological resource use -> 5.4. Fishing & harvesting aquatic resources -> 5.4.6. Motivation Unknown/Unrecorded
♦ timing:Ongoing    
→ Stresses
  • 2. Species Stresses -> 2.1. Species mortality

9. Pollution -> 9.3. Agricultural & forestry effluents -> 9.3.2. Soil erosion, sedimentation
♦ timing:Ongoing    
→ Stresses
  • 1. Ecosystem stresses -> 1.2. Ecosystem degradation

1. Research -> 1.2. Population size, distribution & trends
1. Research -> 1.3. Life history & ecology
1. Research -> 1.5. Threats
1. Research -> 1.6. Actions

♦  Handicrafts, jewellery, etc.
 Local : ✓   National : ✓ 

Bibliography [top]

Brown, D.S. 1994. Freshwater Snails of Africa and their Medical Importance. Second Edition. Taylor & Francis, London.

Brown, D.S. and Mandahl-Barth, G. 1987. Living molluscs of Lake Tanganyika: a revised and annotated list. Journal of Conchology 32: 305-327

IUCN. 2010. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (ver. 2010.3). Available at: (Accessed: 2 September 2010).

Leloup, E. 1953. Exploration hydrobiologique du lac Tanganyika (1946 - 1947), Gasteropodes. IRSN, Bruxelles.

Poll, M. 1956. Exploration hydrobiologique du lac Tanganyika. Poissons Cichlidae, pp. 570-572. Institut royal des sciences naturelles de Belgique., Bruxelles.

West, K., Michel, E., Todd, J., Brown, D. and Clabaugh, J. 2003. The Gastropods of Lake Tanganyika: Diagnostic Key and Taxonomic Classification with Notes on the Fauna. 132 pgs, 102 figures. SIL. Special publications (Societas Internationalis Limnologiae - International Assoc. of Theoretical and Applied Limnology).

Citation: Ngereza, C. 2010. Tiphobia horei. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T21914A9340138. . Downloaded on 20 July 2018.
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