Thismia melanomitra 


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Plantae Tracheophyta Liliopsida Orchidales Burmanniaceae

Scientific Name: Thismia melanomitra
Species Authority: Maas & H.Maas

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable D2 ver 3.1
Year Published: 2003
Date Assessed: 2003-04-30
Needs updating
Assessor(s): Espinoza, C. & Pitman, N.
Reviewer(s): Valencia, R., Pitman, N., Léon-Yánez, S. & Jørgensen, P.M. (Ecuador Plants Red List Authority)
A saprophytic herb endemic to Ecuador where it is known from a single collection in the Amazonian lowlands. Discovered in 1985 in Taracoa lake near the Río Napo and the Parque Nacional Yasuní. Additional subpopulations are surely present in the park and the lack of new collections may due to its peculiar appearance and small size. 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: Thismia melanomitra is endemic to Ecuador. It is known only from one population in Orellana province.
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Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Periodically flooded Amazonian forest (300 m).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

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

Conservation Actions [top]

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

Citation: Espinoza, C. & Pitman, N. 2003. Thismia melanomitra. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2003: e.T43472A10806123. . Downloaded on 27 November 2015.
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