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Pouteria capacifolia

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
PLANTAE TRACHEOPHYTA MAGNOLIOPSIDA EBENALES SAPOTACEAE

Scientific Name: Pouteria capacifolia
Species Authority: Pilz

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Critically Endangered A4c ver 3.1
Year Published: 2004
Date Assessed: 2004-04-30
Assessor/s: Hernández, C. & Pitman, N.
Reviewer/s: Valencia, R., Pitman, N., Léon-Yánez, S. & Jørgensen, P.M. (Ecuador Plants Red List Authority)
Justification:
A tree endemic to Ecuador, where it occurs in wet coastal forest. The four known subpopulations are in the ENDESA, Río Palenque and Bilsa private reserves and 1 km south of Santo Domingo. Although Pennington (1990) mentions that the species is common in Puerto Quito, the species is not frequent in Río Palenque (Dodson and Gentry 1978). Its forest habitat has largely been converted to croplands. In 1997, the IUCN proposed the Rare category and in 1998 the Near Threatened category (Oldfield et al. 1998, Walter and Gillett 1998). Considering the near-total reduction of its habitat over the last 50 years, Critically Endangered is a more suitable category. Apart from habitat destruction, no specific threats are known.
History:
1998 Lower Risk/near threatened (Oldfield et al. 1998)
1997 Rare (Walter and Gillett 1998)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: The species is found in a small area of Pacific Ecuador in Los Ríos, where it is recorded from Río Palenque Biological Station, and Pichincha.
Countries:
Native:
Ecuador
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Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Confined to areas of lowland rainforest up to 700 m.
Systems: Terrestrial

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It is sometimes very common in pasture, where it is protected as a shade tree.
Citation: Hernández, C. & Pitman, N. 2004. Pouteria capacifolia. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 16 April 2014.
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