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Asplenium ecuadorense

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
PLANTAE TRACHEOPHYTA POLYPODIOPSIDA POLYPODIALES ASPLENIACEAE

Scientific Name: Asplenium ecuadorense
Species Authority: Stolze

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Near Threatened ver 3.1
Year Published: 2003
Date Assessed: 2003-04-30
Annotations:
Needs updating
Assessor(s): Navarrete, H. & Pitman, N.
Reviewer(s): Valencia, R., Pitman, N., Léon-Yánez, S., Jørgensen, P.M. (Ecuador Plants Red List Authority) & Jermy, C., Ranker, T. (Pteridophyte Red List Authority)
Justification:
An epiphytic fern endemic to Ecuador, where it is known from at least seven populations on the western slopes of the Andes. A record is also known from Zamora-Chichipe province, inside the Parque Nacional Podocarpus. Due to its relatively wide distributional range, it may also be found in the north, in the Reserva Ecológica Cotacachi-Cayapas, and to the south in the lower part of the Reserva Ecológica Los Ilinizas. The main threat is habitat destruction. Almost meets the requirements for listing as Vulnerable under criterion B.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Known from eight subpopulations in the Ecuadorian provinces of Chimborazo, Cotopaxi, Manabi, Pichincha, Los Rios, Tungurahua and Zamora-Chinchipe.
Countries:
Native:
Ecuador
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Population [top]

Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Humid coastal forest and low Andean forest (0–1,500 m).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

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

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Occurs in a number of protected areas.

Citation: Navarrete, H. & Pitman, N. 2003. Asplenium ecuadorense. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 01 September 2014.
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