Abarema cochliocarpos 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Plantae Tracheophyta Magnoliopsida Fabales Fabaceae

Scientific Name: Abarema cochliocarpos (Gomes) Barneby & J.W.Grimes
Abarema cochliacarpos (Gomes) Barneby & J.W.Grimes [orth. error]
Mimosa cochliocarpos Gomes
Taxonomic Notes: There is an inland and a coastal form for this species. The coastal form is a tree 10 metres or more in height, and the inland form is up to 4 metres tall with smaller, more coriaceous leaflets (Lewis 1987). The species differs from Abarema filamentosa in (inter alia) dense capitula of sessile or subsessile flowers and dull blackish, densly papillate pod-valves (Barneby and Grimes 1996).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2012
Date Assessed: 2010-04-15
Assessor(s): Watkinson, G.
Reviewer(s): Hilton-Taylor, C.
Abarema cochliocarpos does not meet any of the criteria for the threatened categories. It has a large extent of occurrence (EOO) and area of occupancy (AOO), and specimens have been found in several protected areas. However, the Caatinga and savanna habitat that this species is found in is threatened and declining due to agricultural expansion. Although there are conservation actions in place such as those of the Nature Conservancy, further protection would help to ensure that A. cochliocarpos does not become threatened.

The species was previously listed as Vulnerable, however, it is now know to be more widely distributed than previously thought.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:A. cochliocarpos is found in Brazil (Bahia, Rio de Janeiro, Rio Grande do Norte, Pernambuco, Paraiba, Alagoas, Sao Paulo).
Countries occurrence:
Brazil (Alagoas, Bahia, Paraíba, Pernambuco, Rio de Janeiro, Rio Grande do Norte, São Paulo)
Additional data:
Lower elevation limit (metres):200
Upper elevation limit (metres):1300
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Population [top]

Population:No population information available.
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:A. cochliocarpos occurs in coastal woodland, on sandy substrates, and inland on scrubby areas or open grassy slopes and savanna habitats (disturbed mata de cipo, caatinga, cerrado, campo rupestre), and in areas of secondary vegetation. It occurs over an elevation range of 200-1,300 m.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The main threats to this species are habitat loss as a result of agriculture and the intense use of natural resources in the area (The Nature Conservancy 2010). Opencast iron mining also occurs on a huge scale (Burman 1991). Around 7% of the Caatinga vegetation in Brazil is in protected areas, but only just over 1% of this protected habitat has full protection with restricted human use. The savanna habitats which are endemic to Brazil are currently not given enough attention, compared with the rainforests (Burman 1991).

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Specimens have been collected for this species from a number of protected areas (Marimba/Iraquara, Chapada Diamantina National Park, Costa de Itacare/Serra Grande State Environmental Protection Area, Discovery Coast Atlantic Forest Reserves, Litoral Norte do Estado da Baia). The Nature Conservancy has been working with small communities in Brazil since the late 1990s to protect the Caatinga habitat, developing agro-forestry projects and increasing knowledge of the Caatinga and its ecology (The Nature Conservancy 2010). This species is not listed under CITES. Material has not been collected for the Millennium Seed Bank project.

Classifications [top]

2. Savanna -> 2.1. Savanna - Dry
3. Shrubland -> 3.5. Shrubland - Subtropical/Tropical Dry
1. Land/water protection -> 1.1. Site/area protection
3. Species management -> 3.4. Ex-situ conservation -> 3.4.2. Genome resource bank
4. Education & awareness -> 4.3. Awareness & communications

In-Place Research, Monitoring and Planning
In-Place Land/Water Protection and Management
  Conservation sites identified:Yes, over entire range
In-Place Species Management
In-Place Education
  Subject to recent education and awareness programmes:Yes
2. Agriculture & aquaculture -> 2.1. Annual & perennial non-timber crops -> 2.1.4. Scale Unknown/Unrecorded
♦ timing:Ongoing    
→ Stresses
  • 1. Ecosystem stresses -> 1.1. Ecosystem conversion
  • 1. Ecosystem stresses -> 1.2. Ecosystem degradation

2. Agriculture & aquaculture -> 2.3. Livestock farming & ranching -> 2.3.4. Scale Unknown/Unrecorded
♦ timing:Ongoing    
→ Stresses
  • 1. Ecosystem stresses -> 1.1. Ecosystem conversion
  • 1. Ecosystem stresses -> 1.2. Ecosystem degradation

3. Energy production & mining -> 3.2. Mining & quarrying
♦ timing:Ongoing    
→ Stresses
  • 1. Ecosystem stresses -> 1.1. Ecosystem conversion
  • 1. Ecosystem stresses -> 1.2. Ecosystem degradation

1. Research -> 1.6. Actions
0. Root -> 4. Other

Bibliography [top]

Barneby, R.C. and Grimes, J.W. 1996. Silk Tree, Guanacaste, Monkey's Earring: Abarema, Albizia and allies. Memoirs of the New York Botanical Garden 74(1): 1-292.

Burman, A. 1991. Saving Brazil's savannas: Everyone knows that the rainforests of Amazonia are in Peril. But human activities are also threatening Brazil's unique savannas. New Scientist.

IUCN. 2012. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (ver. 2012.2). Available at: (Accessed: 17 October 2012).

Lewis, G.P. 1987. Legumes of Bahia. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Kew.

The Nature Conservancy. 2010. Brazil: Places we protect - the Caatinga. Available at: (Accessed: 15th April).

Citation: Watkinson, G. 2012. Abarema cochliocarpos. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2012: e.T36560A20013204. . Downloaded on 17 July 2018.
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