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A conservation assessment of the freshwater crabs of southern Africa (Brachyura: Potamonautidae)

dc.contributor.authorCumberlidge N.
dc.contributor.authorDaniels S.R.
dc.date.accessioned2011-05-15T16:04:49Z
dc.date.available2011-05-15T16:04:49Z
dc.date.issued2008
dc.identifier.citationAfrican Journal of Ecology
dc.identifier.citation46
dc.identifier.citation1
dc.identifier.issn1416707
dc.identifier.other10.1111/j.1365-2028.2007.00815.x
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/12850
dc.description.abstractRecent taxonomic revisions of the freshwater crabs of southern Africa (Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe) allow accurate depictions of their diversity, distribution patterns and conservation status. The southern African region is home to nineteen species of freshwater crabs all belonging to the genus Potamonautes (family Potamonautidae). These crabs show high levels of species endemism (84%) to the southern African region and to the country of South Africa (74%). The conservation status of each species is assessed using the IUCN (2003) Red List criteria, based on detailed compilations of the majority of known specimens. The results indicate that one species should be considered vulnerable, fifteen species least concern and three species data deficient. The results have been utilized by the IUCN for Red Lists, and may prove useful when developing a conservation strategy for southern Africa's endemic freshwater crab fauna. © 2007 The Authors.
dc.subjectassessment method
dc.subjectconservation
dc.subjectconservation status
dc.subjectcrab
dc.subjectendemism
dc.subjectfreshwater ecosystem
dc.subjectpopulation distribution
dc.subjectRed List
dc.subjectspecies conservation
dc.subjectspecies diversity
dc.subjecttaxonomy
dc.subjectAfrica
dc.subjectAngola
dc.subjectBotswana
dc.subjectLesotho
dc.subjectMozambique
dc.subjectNamibia
dc.subjectSouth Africa
dc.subjectSouthern Africa
dc.subjectSub-Saharan Africa
dc.subjectSwaziland
dc.subjectZambia
dc.subjectZimbabwe
dc.subjectBrachyura
dc.subjectDecapoda (Crustacea)
dc.subjectPotamonautes
dc.subjectPotamonautidae
dc.titleA conservation assessment of the freshwater crabs of southern Africa (Brachyura: Potamonautidae)
dc.typeArticle
dc.description.versionArticle


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