Polypodium piligerum


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Polypodium piligerum
Species Authority: Hook.

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. Not seen since W. Jameson collected it in the nineteenth century, between Cañar and Azuay provinces, in Pillzhum. Apparently the taxon may belong to the genus Terpsichore and it may be a synonym of T. longisetosa (León-Yánez and Jørgensen in Jørgensen and León-Yánez 1999). Considered Data Deficient until its taxonomy is resolved. No specimens of this species are housed in Ecuadorian museums. Apart from habitat destruction, no specific threats are known.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Known only from the type collection made in the nineteenth century in Pillzhum, between Cañar and Azuay provinces, Ecuador.
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Population [top]

Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Was found in high Andean forest (3,000–3,500 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 piligerum. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 30 August 2015.
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