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Brachystephanus jaundensis ssp. nimbae

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
PLANTAE TRACHEOPHYTA MAGNOLIOPSIDA SCROPHULARIALES ACANTHACEAE

Scientific Name: Brachystephanus jaundensis ssp. nimbae
Species Authority: (Heine) I.Darbysh.
Parent Species:
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Synonym(s):
Brachystephanus nimbae Heine

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable B2ab(iii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2014
Date Assessed: 2011-03-25
Assessor(s): Cheek, M.
Justification:
The assessment of this taxon made in Cheek et al. (2004) is maintained here since only 6 sites are known. The AOO is calculated at 28 km². Within its range it is rare. Despite intensive collecting at other seemingly suitable sites in Upper Guinea (Mts Loma and Simandou), it has not been found.
History:
2004 Vulnerable

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Range: Guinea (Conakry), Ziama, Djiban, and Liberia: Nimba Mts (four collections); Ivory Coast: Mt Tonkoui (one collection); Ghana (three collections at two locations). First described from the Nimba Mountains, this species has a disjunct distribution on isolated mountain ranges across Upper Guinea.
Countries:
Native:
Cameroon
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Population [top]

Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Habitat: mid-elevation forest, often in wet rocky areas; 650-1,500 m alt.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Threats: The montane forests of Ghana and Ivory Coast are threatened forest clearance for agriculture. Extensive forest remains on the Nimba Mountains but the Chinese demand for minerals is leading to increased interest in open-cast iron ore extraction from Nimba by companies led by Mittal and BHP Billiton.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Management suggestions: Survey of current known populations may provide a greater understanding of its specific habitat requirements and so where it is most likely to be found in future. Currently no sites of this species are known to be protected.

Citation: Cheek, M. 2014. Brachystephanus jaundensis ssp. nimbae. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 19 December 2014.
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