IUCN threat status:

Vulnerable (VU)


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Range Description

This specieswas described from an unknown locality andis the southernmost of thirteen taxa described in the genusPachysoma. It is restricted to a small region of coastal sands in the southwest of the Western Cape, South Africa (Harrisonet 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 between10,771-14,080 km2, with an area of occupancy of around 1,500 km2, based on theestimated 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 thesouthernmostpart of its known range due tourbandevelopment.


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