IUCN threat status:

Data Deficient (DD)

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Range Description

This species is known for certain only from its unspecified type locality in Tanzania although, based on one further tentative unpublished record (P. Moretto pers. comm. 2012), there is a possibility that it has a much wider distribution extending to Ethiopia in northeast Africa. From these limited collection records, it is difficult to determine if the species is a range restricted rarity or whether it is more widespread. If a collector is not using dung baited pitfall traps, ball-rolling species may be under-collected since they are difficult to locate if the collector is not present when they are actively colonizing dung. Dung is rather more easily located than the tunnels of ball-rolling dung beetles. As other Allogymnopleurus species have been cited from the north of Tanzania [described from the Tanzania / Kenya border: Allogymnopleurus jeaneli (Garreta 1914)] or from nearby upland regions [described from Rwanda: Allogymnopleurus sexdentatus Balthasar 1962; or from Kenya: Allogymnopleurus alluaudi (Garreta 1914)], it would be worthwhile searching for the species in the southeast highlands of Tanzania, which are a known centre of endemism and have not been recently surveyed.

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