Dypsis nossibensis


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Dypsis nossibensis
Species Authority: (Becc.) Beentje & J.Dransf.
Chrysalidocarpus nossibensis Becc.
Vonitra loucoubensis Jum.
Vonitra nossibensis (Becc.) Perrier

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Critically Endangered B1ab(v)+2ab(v); C2a(i,ii); D ver 3.1
Year Published: 2012
Date Assessed: 2010-12-17
Assessor(s): Rakotoarinivo, M. & Dransfield, J.
Reviewer(s): Baker, W.J., Beentje, H.J. & Bachman, S., Baker, W.J. & Beentje, H.J.
Known from a single area estimated to be 4 km² in extent (extent of occurrence and area of occupancy), the site is protected and used as a tourist attraction but exploitation of this species continues, with consequent reduction in the size of the population, now estimated to be fewer than 25 mature individuals. Based on this information, this species qualifies for listing as critically Endangered under three criteria.
1998 Critically Endangered

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Endemic to Lokobe forest on Nosy Be island, northwest Madagascar.
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Population [top]

Population: Fewer than 25 individuals are recorded in Lokobe forest.
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: A subcanopy palm of the humid forest of Lokobe, Nosy Be. The species occurs between 10 and 150 m elevation.
Systems: Terrestrial

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: The species is felled for planks.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The species is cut down for its wood.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Known only from Lokobe Special Reserve. Better control and monitoring of the harvesting of this species is required.

Bibliography [top]

Dransfield, J. and Beentje, H. 1995. The Palms of Madagascar. Royal Botanic Gardens Kew and The International Palm Society, Richmond.

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

Citation: Rakotoarinivo, M. & Dransfield, J. 2012. Dypsis nossibensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 05 September 2015.
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