Acrostichum speciosum 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Plantae Tracheophyta Polypodiopsida Polypodiales Pteridaceae

Scientific Name: Acrostichum speciosum Willd.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2008-03-07
Assessor(s): Ellison, J., Koedam, N.E., Wang, Y., Primavera, J., Jin Eong, O., Wan-Hong Yong, J. & Ngoc Nam, V.
Reviewer(s): Polidoro, B.A., Livingstone, S.R. & Carpenter, K.E. (Global Marine Species Assessment Coordinating Team)
This species is very widespread and is common. There are no major threats to this species. It is robust, fast growing and often takes over disturbed mangroves. It is listed as Least Concern.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species occurs in Brunei Darussalam, Hainan Is, China (Duke 2006), Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, south Viet Nam, and India (including Andaman and Nicobar Is). This species is also found in Northwest Australia, Northeast Australia, Southeast Australia, Papua New Guinea, and the Solomon Islands.
Countries occurrence:
American Samoa; Australia; Bangladesh; Brunei Darussalam; China; India; Indonesia; Malaysia; Myanmar; New Caledonia; Niue; Palau; Papua New Guinea; Samoa; Singapore; Solomon Islands; Thailand; Tonga; Viet Nam; Wallis and Futuna
FAO Marine Fishing Areas:
Indian Ocean – eastern; Pacific – eastern central; Pacific – northwest; Pacific – southwest; Pacific – western central
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Population [top]

Population:This species is common in much of its range. This species may in fact be increasing as it is easily colonizes cleared areas. It is very difficult to eradicate in situations where it overtakes previous mangrove systems. It can take over open areas.
Current Population Trend:Stable
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:This species is found in the intermediate estuarine zone in the high intertidal region. This species is more tolerant of saline inundation than A. aureum. It is opportunistic and colonizes disturbed areas. It is fast growing, and very robust. It is a medium sized herbaceous fern.
Systems:Terrestrial; Freshwater; Marine

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no threats to this species, and in fact is a threat to other mangrove systems. In disturbed mangrove systems this species can take over and is difficult to eradicate.

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.

Classifications [top]

12. Marine Intertidal -> 12.7. Marine Intertidal - Mangrove Submerged Roots
suitability:Suitable  major importance:Yes

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

Bibliography [top]

Duke, N. 2006. Australia's Mangroves. The authoritative guide to Australia's mangrove plants. University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia.

IUCN. 2010. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (ver. 2010.2). Available at: (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.

Citation: Ellison, J., Koedam, N.E., Wang, Y., Primavera, J., Jin Eong, O., Wan-Hong Yong, J. & Ngoc Nam, V. 2010. Acrostichum speciosum. In: . The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T178813A7614751. . Downloaded on 25 June 2018.
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