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Psilanthele eggersii

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
PLANTAE TRACHEOPHYTA MAGNOLIOPSIDA SCROPHULARIALES ACANTHACEAE

Scientific Name: Psilanthele eggersii
Species Authority: Lindau

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Critically Endangered A2c ver 3.1
Year Published: 2003
Date Assessed: 2003-04-30
Annotations:
Needs updating
Assessor(s): Delgado, T. & Pitman, N.
Reviewer(s): Valencia, R., Pitman, N., Léon-Yánez, S. & Jørgensen, P.M. (Ecuador Plants Red List Authority)
Justification:
The only species of a monotypic genus endemic to Ecuador, and known only from three old collections. One was recorded near Hacienda El Recreo, north of Bahía de Caraquez, in 1892 or 1898. Another is from an unknown locale in Guayas province. Last recorded in 1933, near Naranjapata, downriver from Huigra in the Río Chanchán valley, Chimborazo province. The holotype was destroyed in the Berlin herbarium during the Second World War, but the surviving isotypes show that the species is distinctive and valid (D. Wasshausen, pers. comm.). Rediscovering this species is one of the highest priorities in the study of Ecuador's endemic species, but the search is complicated by the fact that no botanical specimens of this species exist in Ecuadorian museums. Habitat destruction is the only known threat to the species.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Known only from three old collections, found in the provinces of Guayas, Manabi and Chimborazo.
Countries:
Native:
Ecuador
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Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: A shrub of coastal forest, found at an elevational range of 0–530 m.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Apart from habitat destruction, no specific threats are known.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Not known to occur within any protected areas.

Citation: Delgado, T. & Pitman, N. 2003. Psilanthele eggersii. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 21 December 2014.
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