Melpomene brevipes


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Melpomene brevipes
Species Authority: (C.V.Morton) A.R.Sm. & R.C.Moran

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Critically 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)
An epiphytic fern endemic to Ecuador, where it is known from a single specimen collected by R. Spruce in the nineteenth century on the slopes of Volcán Tungurahua. Probably the historical collection occurred inside what is now the Parque Nacional Sangay. No specimens of this species are housed in Ecuadorian museums. Apart from habitat destruction, no other threats are known.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Known only from the type collection made in the nineteenth century on the slopes of Volcán Tungurahua, Tungurahua province, Ecuador. May well be Extinct.
Possibly extinct:
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Population [top]

Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Was collected in high Andean forest (2,500–3,000 m).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

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

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: The type locality may well be inside what is now the Parque Nacional Sangay.

Citation: Navarrete, H. & Pitman, N. 2003. Melpomene brevipes. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 05 September 2015.
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