Photo credit: K.-D.B. Dijkstra
The Golden Dancing-jewel, Platycypha auripes, is classified as ‘VULNERABLE’ on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™. This species owes its name to its golden colour and to the dancing mating flights that males perform when a female is present. The inflated and coloured legs are used to attract females and to frighten away other males.
The Golden Dancing-jewel is found along clear and fast-running forest streams and rivers in the Eastern Arc Mountains of Tanzania (e.g. Usambara, Ulugur and Udzungwa). The forests are highly fragmented, and suffer from deforestation and water pollution by the growing human population in and around them.
Due to the forest destruction in the Eastern Arc Mountains, often only forests on hill-tops remain which lack suitable breeding habitats for the Golden Dancing-jewel. Currently only parts of the East Usambara and the Udzungwa Mountains experience some kind of protection.
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