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Aiphanes grandis

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
PLANTAE TRACHEOPHYTA LILIOPSIDA ARECALES PALMAE

Scientific Name: Aiphanes grandis
Species Authority: Borchs. & Balslev

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Endangered A4c ver 3.1
Year Published: 2003
Date Assessed: 2003-04-30
Annotations:
Needs updating
Assessor(s): Montúfar, R. & Pitman, N.
Reviewer(s): Valencia, R., Pitman, N., Léon-Yánez, S., Jørgensen, P.M. (Ecuador Plants Red List Authority) & Maunder, M. (Palm Red List Authority)
Justification:
A palm endemic to Ecuador, where it is known from four isolated subpopulations in the Andes region, between 1,000 and 3,000 m elevation. In the northern Andes, known from the old Quito-Santo Domingo road, Pichicha province, and an unknown locale of Bolívar province. In the southern Andes, known from two subpopulations in Sambotambo and Orianga. None of the known subpopulations are inside Ecuador’s protected areas network, but the species should be searched for in the Reserva Ecológica Los Ilinizas. Habitat destruction is the main threat.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Known from four isolated subpopulations located in the Ecuadorian provinces of Bolívar, El Oro, Loja and Pichincha.
Countries:
Native:
Ecuador
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Population [top]

Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Occurs in low and high Andean forest (1,000–3,000 m).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

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

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: None of the known subpopulations are inside Ecuador’s protected areas network, but the species should be searched for in the Reserva Ecológica Los Ilinizas.

Citation: Montúfar, R. & Pitman, N. 2003. Aiphanes grandis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 21 September 2014.
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