Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Plantae Tracheophyta Polypodiopsida Cyatheales Cyatheaceae

Scientific Name: Alsophila esmeraldensis
Species Authority: R.C.Moran

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Endangered B1ab(iii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2003
Date Assessed: 2003-04-30
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)
A tree fern endemic to Ecuador, known from two subpopulations in Carchi and Esmeraldas provinces. The type locality has been completely deforested in recent years, but is very close to the border of the Reserva Ecológica Cotacachi-Cayapas, where the species should be searched for. The species can be common near rivers on rocky soils. Deforestation for agricultural expansion is the main threat.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Known from two subpopulations in Carchi and Esmeraldas provinces, Ecuador.
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Population [top]

Current Population Trend: Decreasing
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Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Coastal forest to humid submontane low Andean forest (500–1,500 m).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

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

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: May occur in the Reserva Ecológica Cotacachi-Cayapas.

Citation: Navarrete, H. & Pitman, N. 2003. Alsophila esmeraldensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2003: e.T43600A10812895. . Downloaded on 13 October 2015.
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