IUCN threat status:

Vulnerable (VU)


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Range Description

This species was described from an unknown locality and is the southernmost of thirteen taxa described in the genus Pachysoma. It is restricted to a small region of coastal sands in the southwest of the Western Cape, South Africa (Harrison et al. 2003). The range is delimited by mountains inland and by the Olifants River to the north, which may also be a barrier to range expansion. At present, the extent of occurrence has been estimated between 10,771-14,080 km2, with an area of occupancy of around 1,500 km2, based on the estimated area of untransformed deep sands within species range (A. Davis pers. obs. 2012). The species is likely to occur in a declining number of localities due to the continuing threats of habitat clearance for agriculture and change in habitat quality due to invasive shrubs and trees. It is presumed locally extinct in the southernmost part of its known range due to urban development.


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