Africocypha centripunctata 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Arthropoda Insecta Odonata Chlorocyphidae

Scientific Name: Africocypha centripunctata (Gambles, 1975)
Regional Assessments:
Common Name(s):
English Banded Jewel
Chlorocypha centripunctata Gambles, 1975
Taxonomic Source(s): Schorr, M. and Paulson, D. 2014. World Odonata List. Tacoma, Washington, USA Available at: (Accessed: 17 February 2014).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable B1ab(iii)+2ab(iii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2009-05-01
Assessor(s): Clausnitzer, V.Clausnitzer, V. & Dijkstra, K.-D.B.
Reviewer(s): Dijkstra, K.-D.B., Clausnitzer, V., Suhling, F., Samways, M., Samraoui, B., Boudot, J.P., Kipping, J. (Odonata Red List Authority) & Allen, D. (IUCN Freshwater Biodiversity Unit)
Overall, the species is known from 15 records at four localities; two of these are considered under threat, whilst the other two are not. The species is assessed as Vulnerable (B1ab(iii), B2ab(iii)) due to the restricted extent of occurrence (EOO) and area of occupancy, and likely decline in habitat area and quality. It is listed as Vulnerable.

In central Africa, the species was described from the Obudu Plateau of south east Nigeria and otherwise known only from Mt Kupe and Bakossi Mts (Kodmin/Kumin) in adjacent SW Cameroon, and Baba II Forest near Bamenda (Dijkstra pers. comm.).

Although known from only two locations within the region (four records), which are both in or near proposed protected areas, and with an EOO of 3,000 km² (EN B1a), the species is assessed as Near Threatened as both locations are thought to be within protected areas, and there is currently no indication of decline or threat in these areas.

In western Africa it is known from three areas with less than six locations (based on major threat of deforestation), the species has an extent of occurrence (EOO) of less than 5000 km². The forest habitat the species occurs in is expected to deteriorate in the future and therefore listed as Endangered (EN (B1ab(ii, iii)).

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:The species has been recorded from a few locations in Cameroon and Nigeria.

In central Africa, it is known from Mt Kupe and Bakossi Mts (Kodmin/Kumin) in adjacent SW Cameroon, and Baba II Forest near Babenda (Dijkstra pers. comm.). Only two locations within the region, which are both in or near proposed protected areas.

In western Africa, the species is known from the Obudu Plateau of SE Nigeria (type locality) and otherwise known only from Mt Kupe and Bakossi Mts (Kodmin/Kumin) in adjacent SW Cameroon, and Baba II Forest near Bamenda (Dijkstra pers. comm.).
Countries occurrence:
Cameroon; Nigeria
Additional data:
Lower elevation limit (metres):700
Upper elevation limit (metres):2000
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Population [top]

Population:No information available.
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:Rocky submontane (above 700 m) rainforest streams.
Systems:Terrestrial; Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The specific threats to the species in the highlands of Cameroon are unknown but forest destruction (selective logging and for agricultural expansion) is believed to be potential threat.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: No conservation measures known but information on taxonomy, population ecology, habitat status and population trends would be valuable.

Classifications [top]

1. Forest -> 1.9. Forest - Subtropical/Tropical Moist Montane
suitability:Suitable  major importance:Yes
5. Wetlands (inland) -> 5.1. Wetlands (inland) - Permanent Rivers/Streams/Creeks (includes waterfalls)
suitability:Suitable  major importance:Yes

In-Place Research, Monitoring and Planning
In-Place Land/Water Protection and Management
In-Place Species Management
In-Place Education
5. Biological resource use -> 5.3. Logging & wood harvesting -> 5.3.5. Motivation Unknown/Unrecorded
♦ 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
3. Monitoring -> 3.1. Population trends

Bibliography [top]

Gambles, R.M. 1975. A new species of Chlorocypha Fraser, 1928 (Odonata: Chlorocyphidae) from Nigeria, and some new or little-known Nigerian subspecies of forms better known from the Cameroons. The Entomologist's Monthly Magazine 111: 105-121.

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

Vick, G.S. 1999. A checklist of the Odonata of the South-West province of Cameroon, with the description of Phyllogomphus corbetae spec. nov. (Anisoptera: Gomphidae). Odonatologica 28(3): 219-256.

Citation: Clausnitzer, V.Clausnitzer, V. & Dijkstra, K.-D.B. 2010. Africocypha centripunctata. In: . The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T169202A6582200. . Downloaded on 24 June 2018.
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