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Agathis microstachya

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
PLANTAE TRACHEOPHYTA PINOPSIDA PINALES ARAUCARIACEAE

Scientific Name: Agathis microstachya
Species Authority: J.F.Bailey & C.White
Common Name(s):
English Atherton Kauri Pine, Bull Kauri, Bull Pine

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Near Threatened ver 3.1
Year Published: 2013
Date Assessed: 2010-11-02
Assessor(s): Thomas, P.
Reviewer(s): Farjon, A.
Justification:
Before 1985 logging led to a significant impact reduction in the total population. Logging has ceased and the population has started to recover. Due to the extent of its recent exploitation, its sporadic distribution and limited extent of occurrence, continued monitoring is advisable to monitor its recovery. A precautionary assessment of Near Threatened seems appropriate as it almost qualifies for listing as threatened under criterion B1ab(iii,v).
History:
1997 Rare (Walter and Gillett 1998)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Restricted to the Cook District in the Wet Tropics Region of northeast Queensland, Australia.
Countries:
Native:
Australia (Queensland)
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Population [top]

Population: As with Agathis atropurpurea, this timber species is currently found in low densities in fragmented and localized forests.
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: An emergent tree in lowland to mid-montane rainforest (recorded from 400 up to 1,100 m a.s.l.).
Systems: Terrestrial

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: Highly valued for its timber and heavily exploited in the past; logging within the remaining distribution ceased after the declaration of the Wet Tropics Region in 1987.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Historical logging has reduced the total population. Fragmentation of its habitat could make some isolated stands/ forest remnants more susceptible to fires. Invasive species could limit regeneration.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Seventy percent of the remaining forests are now protected. This species is currently  listed as Near Threatened (Queensland Government 2010).

Citation: Thomas, P. 2013. Agathis microstachya. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 25 July 2014.
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