Conophytum hyracis

Taxonomy
Scientific Name
Conophytum hyracis S.A.Hammer
Higher Classification
Dicotyledons
Family
AIZOACEAE
National Status
Status and Criteria
Critically Endangered B1ab(v)+2ab(v)
Assessment Date
2015/06/10
Assessor(s)
A.J. Young
Justification
A highly localized species, currently known from one subpopulation of <500 individuals within an area <5km². Other surveys in the area have thus far failed to locate additional populations. The Population appears to be disturbed and is possibly in decline, but threats are not known.
Distribution
Endemism
South African endemic
Provincial distribution
Western Cape
Range
Ridges north-east of Bitterfontein, northern Western Cape.
Habitat and Ecology
Major system
Terrestrial
Major habitats
Namaqualand Klipkoppe Shrubland
Description
Cracks and crevices in granite outcrops.
Threats
The threats to this species are not understood. The population appears to have declined recently due to a disturbance, but the causes are unknown.
Population

This recently described species is currently known from a single subpopulation. When first discovered, it was locally abundant within suitable habitat. However, recently the population has declined for unknown reasons (A.J. Young pers. obs.). The population now consists of fewer than 500 mature individuals. Its habitat is still relatively poorly explored, and it is possible that other subpopulations may exist. Field surveys have thus far failed to locate any additional subpopulations.


Population trend
Decreasing
Assessment History
Taxon assessed
Status and Criteria
Citation/Red List version
Conophytum hyracis S.A.HammerRare 2014.1
Bibliography

Hammer, S.A. 2009. Conophytum confessional: three new species from South Africa. Cactus and Succulent Journal 81(4):191-195.


Citation
Young, A.J. 2015. Conophytum hyracis S.A.Hammer. National Assessment: Red List of South African Plants version 2017.1. Accessed on 2017/10/21

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