Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Plantae Tracheophyta Liliopsida Orchidales Orchidaceae

Scientific Name: Malaxis seychellarum
Species Authority: (Kraenzl.) Summerh.
Liparis seychellarum Kraenzl.
Microstylis seychellarum (Kraenzl.) Schltr.
Microstylis thomassetii Rolfe
Seidenfia seychellarum (Kraenzl.) Szlach.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable B1ab(iii)+2ab(iii); D2 ver 3.1
Year Published: 2011
Date Assessed: 2007-09-21
Assessor(s): Gerlach, J.
Reviewer(s): Rankou, H. & Fay, M.
Malaxis seychellarum is endemic to Mahé and Silhouette, where it is restricted to a area of occupancy (AOO) of 10 km2. It is found in fewer than 10 locations and is threatened by ongoing habitat deterioration due to the spread of invasive species. Reduction in humidity due to climate change is a potential future threat. It is therefore listed as Vulnerable.
Previously published Red List assessments:
1997 Vulnerable (V)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Endemic to Seychelles, this species is found in the high forests of Mahé and Silhouette. The extent of occurrence (EOO) is 1,000 km2 and the AOO is 10 km2.
Countries occurrence:
Seychelles (Seychelles (main island group))
Estimated area of occupancy (AOO) - km2: 10
Number of Locations: 5-10
Lower elevation limit (metres): 400
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Population [top]

Population: The current population size and trend are unknown.
Current Population Trend: Unknown
Additional data:

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Found in the dampest areas of high forest above 400 m asl.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Threatened by ongoing habitat deterioration caused by invasive species (especially Cinnamomum veurm and Psidium cattleianum). The cloud forest habitat may be threatened by humidity reductions caused by climate change. A number of intrinsic factors, such as limited dispersal, low densities and restricted range, are also potential threats.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Present in the Morne Seychellois and Silhouette National Parks. Like most orchids this species is listed on Appendix II of CITES.

Citation: Gerlach, J. 2011. Malaxis seychellarum. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2011: e.T193435A8860249. . Downloaded on 07 October 2015.
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