Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Plantae Tracheophyta Magnoliopsida Scrophulariales Gesneriaceae

Scientific Name: Gasteranthus atratus
Species Authority: Wiehler

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Critically Endangered A4c ver 3.1
Year Published: 2004
Date Assessed: 2004-04-30
Needs updating
Assessor(s): Clark, J.L., Skog, L.E. & Pitman, N.
Reviewer(s): Valencia, R., Pitman, N., Léon-Yánez, S. & Jørgensen, P.M. (Ecuador Plants Red List Authority)
A terrestrial herb endemic to Ecuador. One of the nine endemic Gesneriaceae species recorded in the Ila mountains, on the foothills of the western cordillera of the Andes. The best-known population occurs on the provincial borders of Los Ríos and Pichincha. There is also one record east of Cerro El Centinela in the Ila mountains, in Cotopaxi province. Since most of the El Centinela forest has been destroyed and the species does not occur inside Ecuador’s protected areas network, it should be considered Critically Endangered. Apart from habitat destruction, no specific threats are known.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Altitude of 300–1,000 m.
Countries occurrence:
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Habitat and Ecology [top]

Citation: Clark, J.L., Skog, L.E. & Pitman, N. 2004. Gasteranthus atratus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T45334A10992482. . Downloaded on 08 October 2015.
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