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Mikania tafallana

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
PLANTAE TRACHEOPHYTA MAGNOLIOPSIDA ASTERALES COMPOSITAE

Scientific Name: Mikania tafallana
Species Authority: Kunth

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Critically Endangered B1ab(iii) 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)
Justification:
A liana endemic to Ecuador, where it has been collected only once, before 1818, near the Río Daule close to Guayaquil. Potentially extinct as most of the wild vegetation along the Río Guayas has been destroyed by the growth of the city and the advance of agriculture. The species should be searched for inside the Reserva Ecológica Manglares-Churute and other forest remnants of the area. No specimens of this species are housed in Ecuadorian museums. Habitat destruction is the only known threat to the species.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Collected only once, near the Río Daule close to Guayaquil, Guayas province.
Countries:
Native:
Ecuador
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Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: A liana of wet coastal forest (0–500 m).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Habitat destruction by urban encroachment and agriculture.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Not known to occur within any protected areas.

Citation: Montúfar, R. & Pitman, N. 2003. Mikania tafallana. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 31 October 2014.
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