|Scientific Name:||Dypsis ambositrae|
|Red List Category & Criteria:||Critically Endangered D ver 3.1|
|Assessor/s:||Rakotoarinivo, M. & Dransfield, J.|
|Reviewer/s:||Baker, W.J., Beentje, H.J. & Bachman, S., Baker, W.J. & Beentje, H.J.|
Dypsis ambositrae has a quite large distribution range (the extent of occurrence is 1,790 km²) but it is considered to be Critically Endangered because of its low population density in each of the three known sites (only 40 mature individuals in total). None of these locations is protected while the size of the populations, especially those located along the main road, are declining seriously.
|Range Description:||Endemic to the central Haut Plateau, around Ambositra in Madagascar. The species is currently known from three locations: Ilaka Afovoany, Amboditsirakena (Ambalamanakana) and Itremo mountains. Occurs from 1,500 up to 1,700 m.|
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|Population:||The size of the population varies greatly between the known sites of occurrence. The population in the two sites along the National Road 7 (Ilaka Afovoany and Amboditsirakena) is estimated to be less than ten individuals and the mature trees of this species in Itremo are about 30, giving thus a total of approximately 40 mature individuals.|
|Habitat and Ecology:||Grows in open mountain forest. Habitat seems to be related, topographically, to rocky areas and to weather characterized by a nearly permanent cloud cover and the frequency of drizzle and fog during the winter season.|
|Major Threat(s):||The distribution range is in the area where human density is high in Madagascar. Consequently, the habitat is constantly threatened by wood exploitation or by expanding agriculture. The seeds of this species are collected for horticultural use.|
|Conservation Actions:||At present, none of the known occurrence sites are protected. The status of Itremo as a new protected area is still uncertain.|
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: http://www.iucnredlist.org. (Accessed: 17 October 2012).
Rakotoarinivo, M. 2008. Analyse de la distribution et de la conservation des Palmiers (Arecaceae) de Madagascar par l'utilisation du systeme d'information geographique. Biologie et Ecologie Vegetale, University of Antananarivo.
|Citation:||Rakotoarinivo, M. & Dransfield, J. 2012. Dypsis ambositrae. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 08 March 2014.|
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