Dypsis ambositrae


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Dypsis ambositrae
Species Authority: Beentje

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Critically Endangered D 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.
Dypsis ambositrae has a quite large distribution range (the extent of occurrence is 1,790 km²) but it is considered to be Critically Endangered because of its low population density in each of the three known sites (only 40 mature individuals in total). None of these locations is protected while the size of the populations, especially those located along the main road, are declining seriously.
1998 Critically Endangered
1997 Endangered (Walter and Gillett 1998)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Endemic to the central Haut Plateau, around Ambositra in Madagascar. The species is currently known from three locations: Ilaka Afovoany, Amboditsirakena (Ambalamanakana) and Itremo mountains. Occurs from 1,500 up to 1,700 m.
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Population [top]

Population: The size of the population varies greatly between the known sites of occurrence. The population in the two sites along the National Road 7 (Ilaka Afovoany and Amboditsirakena) is estimated to be less than ten individuals and the mature trees of this species in Itremo are about 30, giving thus a total of approximately 40 mature individuals.
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Grows in open mountain forest. Habitat seems to be related, topographically, to rocky areas and to weather characterized by a nearly permanent cloud cover and the frequency of drizzle and fog during the winter season.
Systems: Terrestrial

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: Seed is collected for sale to the international horticultural trade.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The distribution range is in the area where human density is high in Madagascar. Consequently, the habitat is constantly threatened by wood exploitation or by expanding agriculture. The seeds of this species are collected for horticultural use.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: At present, none of the known occurrence sites are protected. The status of Itremo as a new protected area is still uncertain.

Citation: Rakotoarinivo, M. & Dransfield, J. 2012. Dypsis ambositrae. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 01 April 2015.
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