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Myosotis azorica

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
PLANTAE TRACHEOPHYTA MAGNOLIOPSIDA LAMIALES BORAGINACEAE

Scientific Name: Myosotis azorica
Species Authority: H.C.Watson

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable D1 ver 3.1
Year Published: 2011
Date Assessed: 2010-11-16
Assessor/s: Barreto Caldas, F
Reviewer/s: Bilz, M. & Lutz, M.L.
Justification:
Myosotis azorica is endemic to the Azores where the populations are small and have a total of 500-600 individuals. It is therefore listed as Vulnerable.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This plant is endemic to the Azores, where it is found at the islands of S. Jorge, Pico, Faial, Flores and Corvo (Borges et al. 2005). Its area of occupancy is around 15 km² (Commission of the European Communities 2009).
Countries:
Native:
Portugal (Azores)
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Population [top]

Population: It has been estimated that the population was between 500 and 600 individuals in 2004. There are only a few subpopulations that are fragmented and suffer from strong genetic isolation (Commission of the European Communities 2009).
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Myosotis azorica is an ecotone species associated to natural humid grasslands. It occurs in big naturally disturbed areas. It can be found in the Habitats Directive listed habitat 6180 "Macaronesian mesophile grasslands" (Commission of the European Communities 2009).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The main threats are posed by agriculture and forestry activities, modifying structures of inland water courses, erosion, and natural catastrophes (Commission of the European Communities 2009).

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Myosotis azorica is listed on Annex II of the Habitats Directive and under Appendix I of the Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats (Bern Convention).
Citation: Barreto Caldas, F 2011. Myosotis azorica. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 24 April 2014.
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