IUCN threat status:

Least Concern (LC)


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Range Description

This species was described from Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa (cited as Port Natal). The type locality lies close to the southernmost distribution point (Mtunzini, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa) of a close relative, which was described as Catharsiusmossambicanus Ferreira 1960 from Maputo, Mozambique (cited as Loureno Marques) and is an endemic in coastal sand and dune forest in northeast KwaZulu-Natal and southern Mozambique. However, from identified specimens, C. pandion is assumed to be a species that shows a wide distribution in southern Africa and, possibly, in southern central Africa (Australian CSIRO 1970-1986 unpublished data; Schoolmeesters 2011; Tshikae 2011), although these localities remain unverified and less certain. One published record from Lomami (Ferreira 1972) in the central Congo lowland rainforest is very likely to be erroneous. The patchy distribution data for this species is probably a collection artefact related to its food specialization although soil specialization may also have played a part.


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