Dypsis serpentina


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Dypsis serpentina
Species Authority: Beentje

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable D1 ver 3.1
Year Published: 2012
Date Assessed: 2010-12-17
Assessor(s): Rakotoarinivo, M. & Dransfield, J.
Reviewer(s): Baker, W.J., Beentje, H.J. & Bachman, S., Baker, W.J. & Beentje, H.J.
Known only from three locations near the Bay of Antongil area but the species is abundant (300 individuals estimated) and its occurrence sites are all within protected areas where forest exploitation is not allowed. Hence although the range area is small (extent of occurrence of 901 km² and area of occupancy of 216 km²) as there are no threats at present to the species, it is listed as Vulnerable on the basis of the small population size. Should the population be found to be larger than 1,000 mature individuals then a reassessment would be required.
1998 Vulnerable

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Endemic to the region of the Bay of Antongil, in the northeast.
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Population [top]

Population: Locally abundant and stable; about 300 individuals are estimated for the three known sites.
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Found in lowland and submontane forest bordering the Bay of Antongil. The species is abundant on steep midslopes and where the forest is very moist and the canopy is closed. Has been recorded at altitudes ranging from 100 up to 900 m.
Systems: Terrestrial

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: There is no information on use of this species.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no major threats.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: The whole population is protected in Mananara Avaratra and Makira. Occasional monitoring of the population trends is required.

Citation: Rakotoarinivo, M. & Dransfield, J. 2012. Dypsis serpentina. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 05 September 2015.
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