Polypodium chionolepis 


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Plantae Tracheophyta Polypodiopsida Polypodiales Polypodiaceae

Scientific Name: Polypodium chionolepis
Species Authority: Sodiro

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Data Deficient 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, known from a few very old bibliographic references. Sayausi, in Azuay province, is mentioned as a locale. The original description mentions that the species has dimorphic leaves, which would put it in the genus Microgramma. The detailed study of the type material would solve the problem, but the type is missing. Considered Data Deficient until the situation is clarified. 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 from a few very old bibliographic references and the type collection is missing. Sayausi, in Azuay province, is mentioned as a locale.
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Population [top]

Current Population Trend: Unknown
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Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Presumed to occur in humid 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: Not known to occur inside Ecuador’s protected areas network.

Citation: Navarrete, H. & Pitman, N. 2003. Polypodium chionolepis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2003: e.T43725A10824302. . Downloaded on 01 December 2015.
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