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Aetheolaena pichinchensis

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
PLANTAE TRACHEOPHYTA MAGNOLIOPSIDA ASTERALES COMPOSITAE

Scientific Name: Aetheolaena pichinchensis
Species Authority: (Cuatrec.) B.Nord.
Taxonomic Notes: Treated by some authors under the genus Lasiocephalus.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Critically Endangered A4c; B1ab(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)
Justification:
A herb or subshrub endemic to Ecuador, where it is known from a single collection on Volcán Pichincha above Quito, in 1864. Considered Critically Endangered or Extinct after 136 years with no new records. During this period most of Quito's original vegetation has been destroyed. No specimens of this species are housed in Ecuadorian museums. Habitat destruction is the only known threat to the species.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Known from a single collection on Volcán Pichincha above Quito, Pichincha province.
Countries:
Possibly extinct:
Ecuador
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Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: A herb or subshrub.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Habitat destruction.

Conservation Actions [top]

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

Citation: Montúfar, R. & Pitman, N. 2003. Aetheolaena pichinchensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 19 September 2014.
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