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Aiphanes chiribogensis

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
PLANTAE TRACHEOPHYTA LILIOPSIDA ARECALES PALMAE

Scientific Name: Aiphanes chiribogensis
Species Authority: Borchs. & Balslev

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable B2ab(iii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2003
Date Assessed: 2003-04-30
Annotations:
Needs updating
Assessor(s): Montúfar, R. & Pitman, N.
Reviewer(s): Valencia, R., Pitman, N., Léon-Yánez, S., Jørgensen, P.M. (Ecuador Plants Red List Authority) & Maunder, M. (Palm Red List Authority)
Justification:
A palm endemic to Ecuador, where it is known from at least seven subpopulations distributed from the coastal lowlands to nearly 2,000 m elevation. Most of the records are from the vicinity of Chiriboga, in Andean forest on the western slopes of Pichincha province. Isolated populations occur 47 km along the Lita-San Lorenzo road in Esmeraldas province and in Azuay province. Not known to occur in Ecuador’s protected areas network but should be searched for in suitable habitats of the Reserva Ecológica Cotacachi-Cayapas. In 1997, the IUCN classified this species as "Rare" (Walter and Gillett 1998), and in 1998 as Least Concern (Oldfield et al. 1998). Habitat destruction is the main threat.
History:
1998 Lower Risk/least concern (Oldfield et al. 1998)
1997 Rare (Walter and Gillett 1998)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Recorded from western Ecuador in the provinces of Azuay, Esmeraldas and Pichincha.
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Countries:
Native:
Ecuador
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Population [top]

Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: A small palm tree up to 3 m in height, occurring in moist forest and cloud forest (humid coastal forest to low Andean forest) between 300 and 2,100 m.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Habitat destruction is the main threat.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Not known to occur in Ecuador’s protected areas network but should be searched for in suitable habitats of the Reserva Ecológica Cotacachi-Cayapas.

Citation: Montúfar, R. & Pitman, N. 2003. Aiphanes chiribogensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 29 July 2014.
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