Acrostichum danaeifolium 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Plantae Tracheophyta Polypodiopsida Polypodiales Pteridaceae

Scientific Name: Acrostichum danaeifolium Langsd. & Fisch.
Taxonomic Notes: This species is commonly confused with A. aureum. These species are often lumped together making it difficult to know the limits of the distribution.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2008-03-07
Assessor(s): Duke, N.
Reviewer(s): Polidoro, B.A., Livingstone, S.R. & Carpenter, K.E. (Global Marine Species Assessment Coordinating Team)
This species is commonly confused with A. aureum, and the limits of its distribution are not well-known. However, as it appears to have a wide distribution range and occurs in similar areas where A. aureum is found it is presumably not under any threat and hence it is listed as Least Concern. More research is needed on this species distribution, population status, habitat requirements and threats.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species is found in tropical America along both the Pacific and Atlantic coasts and in western Africa. However, the limits of its distribution are not well known. In the Caribbean, it is found from southern Florida to Rio de Janiero. In the eastern Pacific, it is found from southern Mexico to northern Ecuador. Along the western African coast, it is found from Guinea to Angola.
Countries occurrence:
Angola; Anguilla; Antigua and Barbuda; Bahamas; Barbados; Belize; Benin; Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba (Saba, Sint Eustatius); Brazil; Brunei Darussalam; Cameroon; Cayman Islands; Colombia; Congo; Congo, The Democratic Republic of the; Costa Rica; Côte d'Ivoire; Cuba; Curaçao; Dominica; Dominican Republic; Ecuador; El Salvador; Equatorial Guinea; France; French Guiana; Gabon; Ghana; Grenada; Guadeloupe; Guatemala; Guinea; Guinea-Bissau; Guyana; Haiti; Honduras; Jamaica; Liberia; Martinique; Mexico; Montserrat; Nicaragua; Nigeria; Panama; Saint Kitts and Nevis; Saint Lucia; Saint Martin (French part); Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; Sao Tomé and Principe; Sierra Leone; Sint Maarten (Dutch part); Suriname; Togo; Trinidad and Tobago; Turks and Caicos Islands; United States; United States Minor Outlying Islands; Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of; Virgin Islands, British
FAO Marine Fishing Areas:
Atlantic – western central; Atlantic – southeast; Atlantic – southwest; Atlantic – eastern central; Pacific – eastern central; Pacific – southeast
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Population [top]

Population:The population status of this species is not well known as it is often confused with A. aureum.
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:This species is a fern and grows in the under canopy. It is found in intermediate upstream and high intertidal areas (Tomlinson 1986).
Systems:Terrestrial; Freshwater; Marine

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: Unknown.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no known threats to this species. It is often confused with A. aureum which is a threat to other mangrove systems, and 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. More research is needed on this species distribution, population status, habitat requirements and threats, as it is not-well known and is often confused with A. aureum.

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
1. Research -> 1.2. Population size, distribution & trends
1. Research -> 1.3. Life history & ecology
1. Research -> 1.5. Threats
3. Monitoring -> 3.1. Population trends

Bibliography [top]

Adams, D.C. and Tomlinson, P.B. 1979. Acrostichum aureum and Acrostichum danaeifolium in Florida (Pteridophyta). American Fern Journal 69(2): 42-46.

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).

Tomlinson, P.B. 1986. The Botany of Mangroves. Cambridge University Press, New York.

Citation: Duke, N. 2010. Acrostichum danaeifolium. In: . The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T178810A7613396. . Downloaded on 21 June 2018.
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