|Scientific Name:||Poecilimon soulion|
|Species Authority:||Willemse, 1987|
|Taxonomic Source(s):||Eades, D.C., Otte, D., Cigliano, M.M. and Braun, H. 2016. Orthoptera Species File. Version 5.0/5.0. Available at: http://Orthoptera.SpeciesFile.org.|
|Red List Category & Criteria:||Endangered B1ab(iii,v)+2ab(iii,v) ver 3.1|
|Assessor(s):||Willemse, L.P.M., Hochkirch, A., Heller, K.-G., Kati, V., Papapavlou, K. & Tzirkalli, E.|
|Reviewer(s):||Bushell, M., Cálix, M. & Nieto, A.|
The Soulion Bright Bush-cricket (Poecilimon soulion) is endemic to Greece, where it is known from three mountain areas in the north western and central parts of the Greek mainland. This species is assessed as Endangered since it has a restricted geographic range (extent of occurrence (EOO) is ca 2,650 km², area of occupancy is ca 300 km²), it only occurs at three locations, the population is severely fragmented, and there is an inferred continuing decline in the number of mature individuals as well as in the area, extent and quality of this species' habitat due to livestock grazing. Detailed information about this species is still lacking, and further research is needed into the population size and trend, its ecology and threats. In addition, proper management of the grazing regime is needed to protect this species, and future touristic developments need to be planned carefully.
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|Range Description:||The Soulion Bright Bush-cricket is endemic to Greece, where it is known from three mountain areas in the north western and central parts of the Greek mainland (Chobanov and Heller 2010). This species' extent of occurrence (EOO) is ca 2,650 km², and its area of occupancy is ca 300 km².|
Native:Greece (Greece (mainland))
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The population size is unknown, but this species is rare throughout its range. A continuing decline in the extent and quality of its habitat, as well as the number of mature individuals is inferred from the ongoing threats (grazing). The subpopulations are isolated with no or little genetic exchange between them and this species is therefore considered as severely fragmented.
|Current Population Trend:||Decreasing|
|Habitat and Ecology:||This species is found in mountainous areas with shrubland vegetation, and is found at elevations of 900-2,000 m Asl.|
|Use and Trade:||This species is not utilized.|
|Major Threat(s):||This species is mainly threatened by anthropogenic land use - particularly grazing. Taking into account the extent of the effects of grazing and the distribution of the species, it is considered to occur at only three locations. Tourism-related development is also a potential future threat to this species.|
There are no specific conservation measures in place for this species, and it is not known to occur in any protected areas. Detailed information about this species is still lacking, and further research is needed into the population size and trend, its ecology and threats. In addition, proper management of the grazing regime is needed to protect this species, and future touristic developments need to be planned carefully.
Chobanov, D.P. and Heller, K.-G. 2010. Revision of the Poecilimon ornatus group (Orthoptera: Phaneropteridae) with particular reference to the taxa in Bulgaria and Macedonia. European Journal of Entomology 107: 647-672.
IUCN. 2016. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2016-1. Available at: www.iucnredlist.org. (Accessed: 30 June 2016).
|Citation:||Willemse, L.P.M., Hochkirch, A., Heller, K.-G., Kati, V., Papapavlou, K. & Tzirkalli, E. 2016. Poecilimon soulion. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T45466695A70590078.Downloaded on 23 July 2016.|
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