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Anthocleista scandens

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
PLANTAE TRACHEOPHYTA MAGNOLIOPSIDA GENTIANALES LOGANIACEAE

Scientific Name: Anthocleista scandens
Species Authority: Hook.f.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable A2c ver 3.1
Year Published: 2004
Date Assessed: 2004-04-30
Assessor/s: Cheek, M.
Reviewer/s: Hilton-Taylor, C. & Pollock, C.M. (Red List Programme Office)
Justification:
It is estimated that, over the last 100 years, over 30% of the habitat of this species, mostly in the Bamenda Highlands and Bamboutos, has been lost due to forest clearance.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Equatorial Guinea: Bioko, Clarence Peak, Moca; SE Nigeria: Obudu (1 site); São Tomé and Prinicipe (5 sites); Cameroon: Bafut-Ngemba (2 coll.), Gepka, Nkambe (1 coll.), Mt Etinde (3 coll.), Mt Kupe (9 coll. at 3 sites), Mt Oku (2 sites).
Countries:
Native:
Cameroon; Equatorial Guinea (Bioko); Nigeria; Sao Tomé and Principe (Sâo Tomé)
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Population [top]

Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Occurs in submontane to montane forest; 1,200–2,000 m alt.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Forest clearance for agriculture and wood, particularly in the Bamenda Highlands, where forest loss has been running at 25% over eight years at one sample area (Moat in Cheek et al. 2000).

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Forest losses in recent decades suggest that A. scandens may no longer survive at Bafut-Ngemba, Gepka or Obudu. Conservation efforts are probably best focussed where sites are most concentrated, namely São Tomé (5 sites, but protection levels unknown) and Mt Kupe (3 sites, protection levels currently high). At Mt Oku this taxon occurs at the lower altitudinal boundary of protection and is likely to become extinct; one of the two sites there occurs outside this boundary. The population at Mt Etinde occurs at the peak and is inaccessible to all but trekkers. Unless the summit area is cleared for touristic purposes, A. scandens seems secure here.
Citation: Cheek, M. 2004. Anthocleista scandens. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 17 April 2014.
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