Red List of South African Species

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Least Concern (LC)


This is a widespread species with no known major widespread threats. It is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a threatened category. It is therefore assessed as Least Concern.


Phyllomacromia picta is the most widespread Phyllomacromia species in eastern and southern Africa (especially outside forest), but present only in Nigeria in western Africa. In central Africa, it is known from Angola and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The report from Chad relies on larvae, which cannot be identified to species as yet.

Population trend


The population size is unknown. In northern Africa, only two old records (1928) are known, both in Egypt on the Nile (Cairo and Luxor). The nearest current locality outside of the region is in Ethiopia. In southern Africa, this species seems to have stable subpopulations and is common and widespread.


Water pollution, groundwater abstraction, stream management, over-irrigation, dam construction and urbanisation are threats to this species. Drought is an inferred future threat.

Uses and trade

This species is not used.


Preservation of stream water quality and conservation of the natural structure of stream systems through policy-based actions and increasing awareness are proposed conservation actions. Research into population size and range, biology and ecology, habitat status, threats and conservation measures, and monitoring of the population trend would also be valuable. Habitat and site-based actions are also required.

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