Erythrochiton giganteus


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Erythrochiton giganteus
Species Authority: Kaastra & A.H.Gentry

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Endangered A4c ver 3.1
Year Published: 2004
Date Assessed: 2004-04-30
Assessor(s): Rojas, W. & Pitman, N.
Reviewer(s): Valencia, R., Pitman, N., Léon-Yánez, S. & Jørgensen, P.M. (Ecuador Plants Red List Authority)
A treelet endemic to western Ecuador, where it grows in the coastal lowlands and the Andean foothills, in both primary and secondary forest. Reported as common in 1985 in the wet coastal forest of El Rosario, where it was known as "hueso de mono". That locale has since been inundated by the Daule-Peripa dam (C. Bonifaz, pers. comm.). Protected in the Reserva Ecológica Manglares-Churute and expected in the Reserva Ecológica Mache-Chindul. Dodson and Gentry (1991) reported the local extinction of the species in the Río Palenque private reserve. Apart from habitat destruction, no specific threats are known. Considered Endangered due to the drastic alteration of its habitat over the last 50 years.

Geographic Range [top]

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Habitat and Ecology [top]

Systems: Terrestrial

Citation: Rojas, W. & Pitman, N. 2004. Erythrochiton giganteus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 02 April 2015.
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