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Avicennia rumphiana

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
PLANTAE TRACHEOPHYTA MAGNOLIOPSIDA LAMIALES AVICENNIACEAE

Scientific Name: Avicennia rumphiana
Species Authority: Hallier f.
Taxonomic Notes: This species used to be considered a variety of A. marina.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable A2c ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2008-03-07
Assessor(s): Duke, N., Kathiresan, K., Salmo III, S.G., Fernando, E.S., Peras, J.R., Sukardjo, S. & Miyagi, T.
Reviewer(s): Polidoro, B.A., Livingstone, S.R. & Carpenter, K.E. (Global Marine Species Assessment Coordinating Team)
Justification:
This species has a disjunct range in Southeast Asia and is threatened by the continued destruction of mangrove habitat for human settlement within its range, particularly at the extremities of its range. Mangrove habitat within this species range has declined at least 30% over a twenty-five year period (1980-2005). There is no data to estimate population decline over a period of three generation lengths (120 years). This species is listed as Vulnerable under criterion A. If additional data on past population decline can be found, this species may warrant reassessment and perhaps listing in a higher threat category.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species has a disjunct range, and is found in Natuna Island, the Halmahera Islands and Irian Jaya, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, and Papua New Guinea.
Countries:
Native:
Indonesia; Malaysia; Papua New Guinea; Philippines
FAO Marine Fishing Areas:
Native:
Pacific – northwest; Pacific – western central
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Population [top]

Population: This species is widespread but uncommon in the Philippines. In Natuna Island and Halmahera Islands, Indonesia this is a rare species that is patchily distributed.
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species is found in the downstream estuarine zone in the high intertidal region (Robertson and Alongi 1992). This is a fast-growing species, that can grow up to 20 m but often only to 5 or 10 m. It is a colonizing species on newly formed mudflats in SE Asia (Terrados et al. 1997), and has a high tolerance of hypersaline conditions (Tomlinson 1986).
Systems: Terrestrial; Marine

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: This species is harvested for fodder, fuelwood and construction materials.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): This species is found in the high intertidal region which is often the first part of mangrove habitat to be removed or affected by human activity, including clearing of land for aquaculture, agriculture and coastal development. Although local estimates are uncertain due to differing legislative definitions of what is a 'mangrove' and to the imprecision in determining mangrove area, current consensus estimates of mangrove loss in the last quarter-century report an approximately 30% decline in mangrove areas in countries within this species range since 1980 (FAO 2007).

All mangrove ecosystems occur within mean sea level and high tidal elevations, and have distinct species zonations that are controlled by the elevation of the substrate relative to mean sea level. This is because of associated variation in frequency of elevation, salinity and wave action (Duke et al. 1998). With rise in sea-level, the habitat requirements of each species will be disrupted, and species zones will suffer mortality at their present locations and re-establish at higher elevations in areas that were previously landward zones (Ellison 2005). If sea-level rise is a continued trend over this century, then there will be continued mortality and re-establishment of species zones. However, species that are easily dispersed and fast growing/fast producing will cope better than those which are slower growing and slower to reproduce.

In addition, mangrove area is declining globally due to a number of localized threats. The main threat is habitat destruction and removal of mangrove areas. Reasons for removal include cleared for shrimp farms, agriculture, fish ponds, rice production and salt pans, and for the development of urban and industrial areas, road construction, coconut plantations, ports, airports, and tourist resorts. Other threats include pollution from sewage effluents, solid wastes, siltation, oil, and agricultural and urban runoff. Climate change is also thought to be a threat, particularly at the edges of a species range. Natural threats include cyclones, hurricane and tsunamis.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: There are no conservation measures specific to this species, but its range may include some marine and coastal protected areas. Continued monitoring and research is recommended, as well as the inclusion of mangrove areas in marine and coastal protected areas.

Bibliography [top]

Duke, N.C. 1991. A systematic revision of the mangrove genus Avicennia (Avicenniaceae) in Australasia. Australian Systematic Botany 4: 299-324.

Duke, N.C., Ball, M.C. and Ellison, J.C. 1998. Factors influencing biodiversity and distributional gradients in mangroves. Global Ecology and Biogeography Letters 7: 27-47.

Duke, N., Meynecke, J-O, Dittmann, S., Ellison, A.M., Anger, K., Berger, U., Cannicci, S., Diele, K., Ewel, K.C., Field, C.D., Koedam, N., Lee, S.Y., Marchand, C., Nordhaus, I., Dahdough-Guebas, F. 2007. A world without mangroves. Science 317: 41-42.

Ellison, J.C. 2005. Holocene palynology and sea-level change in two estuaries in Southern Irian Jaya. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 220: 291-309.

FAO. 2007. The World's Mangroves 1980-2005. FAO Forestry Paper 153. Forestry Department, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Rome.

IUCN. 2010. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (ver. 2010.2). Available at: http://www.iucnredlist.org. (Accessed: 29 June 2010).

Robertson, A.I. and Alongi, D.M. 1992. Tropical Mangrove Ecosystems. American Geophysical Union, Washington, DC.

Spalding, M.D., Blasco, F. and Field, C.D. (eds). 1997. World Mangrove Atlas. The International Society for mangrove Ecosystems, Okinawa, Japan.

Terrados, J., Thampanya, U., Srichai, N., Kheowvongstri, P., Geertz-Hansen, O., Boromthanarath, S., Panapitukkul, N. and Duarte, C.M. 1997. The effect of increased sediment accretion on the survival and growth of Rhizophora apiculata seedlings. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 45: 697-701.

Tomlinson, P.B. 1986. The Botany of Mangroves. Cambridge University Press, New York.


Citation: Duke, N., Kathiresan, K., Salmo III, S.G., Fernando, E.S., Peras, J.R., Sukardjo, S. & Miyagi, T. 2010. Avicennia rumphiana. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 27 November 2014.
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