Red List Status -Vulnerable (VU) , assessed in 21/07/2016
Cunonia cerifera is an endemic shrub/small tree of the south of Grande Terre in New Caledonia. It is found in dense humid forest at low and mid altitude on ultramafic substrate. The main threats impacting this species comes from habitat fragmentation caused by bushfires and mining activities. Its area of occupancy (AOO) and extent of occurrence (EOO) being estimated respectively to 44 and 358 km², Cunonia cerifera is considered Vulnerable (VU) using criteria B1ab(i,ii,iii,iv,v)+2ab(i,ii,iii,iv,v) with an estimation of 8 locations and an estimated decline of all sub-criteria.
Cunonia cerifera is restricted to the south of Grande Terre in New Caledonia.
This species is not common. It is known from 7-8 subpopulations.
It is found in dense humid forest at low and mid altitude on ultramafic substrate.
The main threats impacting this species comes from habitat fragmentation caused by bushfires and mining activities.
Unprotected by legislation, this species is found in numerous protected areas : Pic du Pin, Forêt cachée, Pic du grand Kaori. it is recommended to follow-up populations as there are few individuals. Protecting legally this species (on the Code de l'Environnement of province Sud) would be beneficial.
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Assessor(s): Pillon, Y., Bruy, D., Butin, J., Fleurot, D., Gâteblé, G., Hequet, V., Letocart, D., Letocart, I., Tanguy, V., Tiavouane, J., Tron, F.
Reviewer(s): Fogliani, B.
Contributor(s): Fortune-Hopkins, H., Brinkert, M., Couhia, J.
Facilitator(s): Tanguy, V., Maura, J.