Zosterops somadikartai


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Zosterops somadikartai
Species Authority: Indrawan, Rasmussen & Sunarto, 2008
Common Name(s):
English Togian White-eye
Taxonomic Notes: Zosterops somadikartai was described as new to science by Indrawan et al. (2008).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Near Threatened ver 3.1
Year Published: 2012
Date Assessed: 2012-05-01
Assessor(s): BirdLife International
Reviewer(s): Symes, A. & Butchart, S.
Contributor(s): Indrawan, M.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Calvert, R., Khwaja, N.
This newly described species has a very small range in which habitat degradation is likely to be causing the population to decline. However, it is not known to be severely fragmented or restricted to few locations, therefore the species is classified as Near Threatened. Further information may lead to the species being uplisted in the future.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Zosterops somadikartai is native to the Togian Islands, Indonesia. Its population size has not been quantified owing to its recent discovery, but is has been described as uncommon and localised, and the population is suspected to be declining owing to habitat destruction (del Hoyo et al. 2008, Indrawan et al. 2008).

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Population [top]

Population: The population size of this species has not been quantified but is has been described as uncommon and localised.
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species has been recorded in low bushes near mangroves, gardens, coconut groves, secondary shrub, and in logged-over forest from sea level to 100 m (del Hoyo et al. 2008, Indrawan et al. 2008, D. Indrawan in litt. 2010). It typically roosts in shrubs which are 5-15 m tall. Its diet is comprised of insects, including caterpillars, which are gleaned from branches and beneath leaves. It forages in pairs or small flocks of up to five individuals, often visiting dense, low shrubs (del Hoyo et al. 2008, Indrawan et al. 2008).

Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The extent and quality of suitable habitat on the Togian Islands is likely to be decreasing owing to conversion and overexploitation of resources (del Hoyo et al. 2008, Indrawan et al. 2008).

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Conservation Actions Underway
The Togian Islands have been declared a national park (del Hoyo et al. 2008).

Conservation Actions Proposed
Assess the population size and establish a monitoring programme to establish trends. Establish ecological requirements. Identify and assess threats.

Citation: BirdLife International 2012. Zosterops somadikartai. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 02 September 2015.
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