Louisea balssi (Bott, 1959)



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Globonautes macropus balssi


Conservation Status

Last Record: 1909

Rediscovered in (year?)

IUCN RedList status: Endangered





Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:

Bott, R. (1959). Potamoniden aus West-Afrika (Crust. Dec.). Bulletin de l' Instut Francais d'Afrique Noire, sér. (A) 21(3): 994-1008.


Other references:

Cumberlidge, Neil. (1994). Louisea, a new genus of fresh-water crab (Brachyura, Potamoidea, Potamonautidae) Globonautes macropus edeaensis Bott, 1969 from Cameroon. Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington 107(1): 122-131.

Cumberlidge, N. (1998). The African and Madagascan freshwater crabs in the Zoologische Staatssammlung, Munich (Crustacea: Decapoda: Brachyura: Potamoidea), Spixiana. 21(3): 193-214.

Cumberlidge, N. (1999). The freshwater crabs of West Africa. Family Potamonautidae. Institut de récherche pour le développement (IRD), Paris, Paris.

Cumberlidge, N. (2008). Louisea balssi. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T134759A4009175. Downloaded on 17 March 2018.

Mvogo Ndongo, Pierre A. et al. (2022). Intraspecific variations and phylogenetic relationships of threatened endemic Cameroonian freshwater crab species assigned to Louisea Cumberlidge, 1994 (Crustacea, Brachyura, Potamonautidae), with recommendations for conservation status. ARPHA Preprints.

Mvogo Ndongo, Pierre A., von Rintelen, T., Clark, P. F., Shahdadi, A., Tchietchui, C. R. and Cumberlidge, N. (2022). Phylogenetic relationships among the species of the Cameroonian endemic freshwater crab genus Louisea Cumberlidge, 1994 (Crustacea, Brachyura, Potamonautidae), with notes on intraspecific morphological variation within two threatened species. ZooKeys 1122: 125-143.

Mvogo Ndongo, P. A., von Rintelen, T. and Cumberlidge, N. (2019). Taxonomic revision of the endemic Cameroonian freshwater crab genus Louisea Cumberlidge, 1994 (Crustacea, Decapoda, Brachyura, Potamonautidae), with descriptions of two new species from Nkongsamba and Yabassi. ZooKeys 881: 135-164.

Ndongo, Pierre A. Mvogo et al. (2018). Lost species in Cameroon: rediscovery of the endangered freshwater crab, Louisea balssi (Bott, 1959) (Brachyura: Potamonautidae), with notes on its ecology and conservation. Zootaxa 4394(3): 407-416. [Abstract]

WoRMS. (2021). Louisea balssi (Bott, 1959). Accessed at: on 2021-11-01


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