Croton aubrevillei 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Plantae Tracheophyta Magnoliopsida Euphorbiales Euphorbiaceae

Scientific Name: Croton aubrevillei J.Léonard

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable A2c; B2ab(iii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2004
Date Assessed: 2004-04-30
Needs updating
Assessor(s): Cheek, M.
Reviewer(s): Hilton-Taylor, C. & Pollock, C.M. (Red List Programme Office)
This rare tree was assessed by Hawthorne in 1997 as VU A1c, B1+2c, but listed only from Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana. A single collection from Nyasoso in the Cameroon is now also known, greatly extending the known range of the taxon into Lower Guinea. However, as this site is below 1,000 m it is probable that it might even become regionally extinct in Cameroon. Based on the new information this species is provisionally assessed here as Vulnerable. But given continued forest loss in the Ivory Coast since 1997 and the precariousness of the taxon in Cameroon, future re-evaluation is likely to rate this taxon as Endangered.
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Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:Ivory Coast, Ghana and Cameroon.
Countries occurrence:
Cameroon; Côte d'Ivoire; Ghana
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Population [top]

Current Population Trend:Decreasing
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Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:A rare species of wet evergreen forests to 850 m.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Reductions in this habitat, caused by mining and forestry activities over the last few decades, have been significant, as has clearance of forest for agriculture.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: The location for the only known Cameroonian specimen, Nyasoso, 850 m alt., indicates that this species might already be lost to forest clearance. A search should be made to rediscover the tree, and a survey conducted to discover if any other trees of the species occur in the area, and whether regeneration is proceeding or not. Artificial propagation and public education might be suitable options to ensure the survival of this taxon.

Citation: Cheek, M. 2004. Croton aubrevillei. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T32194A9681568. . Downloaded on 22 November 2017.
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