Asteropeia micraster


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Asteropeia micraster
Species Authority: Hallier f.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Endangered A3cd ver 3.1
Year Published: 2004
Date Assessed: 2004-04-30
Assessor(s): Randriantafika, F.M.
Reviewer(s): Birkinshaw, C., Lowry, P.P. & Rajeriarison, C. (Madagascar Plants RLA)
Exploitation of forest for charcoal, selective exploitation for timber, mining, and restricted range are threatening this species. Predicted future decline: 50–80%.

[[DEM MPSG: Asteropeia micraster is a shrub, tree growing in humid littoral forest, known from the East, Southcenter and Southtern part of Madagascar. With an AOO of 135 sq km, no more than 5 locations, it is assessed as EN B2ab(ii,iii,iv). It is not currently known from any protected area. The most recent collection was made in 2006 from Mandromodromotra (Toliara province).
Endangered B2ab(ii,iii,iv)
Assessment date: 01/10/2007.
Assessors: G.E. Schatz, P.P. Lowry II, A.E. Wolf.
Evaluator: Groupe des Specialistes des Plantes de Madagascar (GSPM)]]

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Fianarantsoa: Vangaindrano, Mahabo; Toamasina: Tampolo Forest Station, Antanambao; Toliara: Mandena Forest Station, Sainte Luce, Ambinanibe, Mandromodromotra, Fort- dauphin, Manafiafy. Extent of occurrence: 29,709 km² and area of occupancy: 183 km².
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Population [top]

Population: Populations are rare. Density: 70 individuals per ha, abundance: > 10,000 mature individuals. Number of subpopulations: nine, none are in protected areas.
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Littoral forest.

[[DEM MPSG: Habitat: Littoral forest
Bioclimate: Perhumid, Humid
Geology: unconsolidated sand, basement rocks, alluvial
Pollination: probably insect
Seed dispersal: wind]]
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Habitat loss due to shifting cultivation, and exploitation of forest for charcoal, fire and mining. Decline possible because of selective exploitation for timber (for construction).

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: [[DEM MPSG: Not represented in protected area ]]

Citation: Randriantafika, F.M. 2004. Asteropeia micraster. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 24 May 2015.
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