Taxonomy

Pittosporum tchingouensis Gemmill, sp. nov. ined., {Munzinger 649}
endemique
UICN

Red List Status -

Vulnerable (VU) , assessed in 23/07/2015

Pittosporum "tchingounensis" (NOU 035102) is an endemic species of New Caledonia known only from two localities : massif du Tchingou and Oua-Tilou. Genetic studies show that this taxon is completely distinct from other species of Pittosporum. With an extent of occurrence and area of occupancy equal to 8 km² and considering the potential mining activities on Massif du Tchingou, P. "tchingounensis"(NOU 035102) qualifies as Vulnerable (VU) D2.

Geographical area


P. "tchingounensis" (NOU 035102) is an endemic species of New Caledonia known only from two localities : massif du Tchingou and Oua-Tilou.

Population


Population size is unknown due to a lack of data.

Habitat


P. "tchingounensis" (NOU 035102) occurs in high altitude shrubland on ultramafic substrate.

Threats


Currently, P. "tchingounensis" (NOU 035102) does not appear to be impacted by any specific threat, but could be significantly affected if mining activity was launched on the massif du Tchingou.

Conservation


P. "tchingounensis" (NOU 035102) is not protected by any legislation and does not occur in any protected areas of New Caledonia. Given our lack of knowlege about this species, it is highly recommended that field surveys are conducted and immediate conservation measures be taken.

Bibliography


Endemia.nc 2016. Faune et Flore de Nouvelle-Calédonie.

Gemmill C. 2016. Three new species of Pittosporum in New-Caledonia.

Experts


Assessor(s): Gemmill, C., Veillon, J., Amice, R., Cazé, H., Dumontet, V., Fleurot, D., Garnier, D., Gâteblé, G., Maggia, L.

Reviewer(s): Tanguy, V.

Facilitator(s): Chanfreau, S.


Geographical distribution