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Araucaria laubenfelsii

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
PLANTAE TRACHEOPHYTA PINOPSIDA PINALES ARAUCARIACEAE

Scientific Name: Araucaria laubenfelsii
Species Authority: Corbasson
Common Name(s):
French Ouaoué

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Near Threatened ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2009-11-03
Assessor(s): Thomas, P.
Reviewer(s): Farjon, A. & Gardner, M.
Contributor(s): Munzinger, J., Jaffré, T. & Lowry, P.
Justification:
Some small, northern subpopulations and locations (Mt Kaala and Canala) may have been affected by mining and its associated activities. The main southern subpopulations are generally healthy and regenerating well. An increase in the frequency of fires in the southern areas and a re-evaluation of the northern populations could lead to a listing of either Endangered or Vulnerable, under Criterion B1ab(iii)+2ab(iii) (which it almost meets at present).
History:
1998 Lower Risk/conservation dependent (Oldfield et al. 1998)
1997 Rare (Walter and Gillett 1998)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Araucaria laubenfelsii is concentrated in the southern ultramafic massifs of the Grand Terre at 400 to 1,300 m.
Countries:
Native:
New Caledonia
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Population [top]

Population: It is relatively uncommon and confined to a limited number of locations.
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Usually found as an emergent in lower to middle-montane forest or as smaller trees in "maquis minier". Restricted to ultramafic substrates derived from serpentine or peridotite, or on lateritic soil at lower elevations. In some areas it is associated with Araucaria montana and A. biramulata.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Open cast mining and its associated activities (road building, spoil dumping) may have effected subpopulations in Mt Kaala and those in the Canala area. In the southern parts of its range, where the majority of subpopulations and locations are, fires and the associated increased fragmentation pose the main threat.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Most of the southern subpopulations are within protected areas.

Citation: Thomas, P. 2010. Araucaria laubenfelsii. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 24 October 2014.
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