Red List Status -Endangered (EN) , assessed in 28/06/2016
Protected species -in Southern Province , in Northern Province
Corybas echinulus is an endemic terrestrial orchid found in the southern part of Grande Terre in New Caledonia. This species is known from Mont Mou to Mont Nengoné. It is found in humid forest or in shrubland on ultramafic substrate at an altitudinal range 180-975 m asl. Main identified threat is linked to habitat damage by invasive species (feral pigs). Its area of occupancy (AOO) and extent of occurrence (EOO) being estimated respectively to 52 and 1,899 km², Corybas echinulus is considered Endangered (EN) using criteria B1ab(iii)+2ab(iii) with an estimation of five locations and an estimated decline of its habitat quality.
Corybas echinulus is an endemic terrestrial orchid found in the southern part of Grande Terre in New Caledonia.
Population size is unknown. Experts report that Corybas echinulus can form broad sub-populations of several dozens to several hundreds individuals.
Corybas echinulus occurs in humid forest or in shrubland on ultramafic substrate at an altitudinal range 180-975 m asl.
The main threat impacting this species come from habitat degradation caused by invasive species (feral pigs) and mining activities. Some subpopulations may be threatened by on-going mining activities: Goro (VALE). Additionnal threat comes from potential mining activities in Pernod mining concession. The habitat of C. echinulus has suffered damages in the past leading to habitat loss and fragmentation but experts report that it do not suffer any further deterioration. C. echinulus sub-populations seems stable today.
Corybas echinulus is not protected in Province Nord and Province Sud but occurs in two protected areas : Mont Mou, Rivière bleue. It is recommended to prospect further based on the newly developed comprehensive key for the Corybas Genus identification (2016).
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Assessor(s): Laudereau, C., Butin, J., Antheaume, C., Cazé, H., Cazé, H., Fleurot, D., Garnier, D., Gâteblé, G., Maura, J.
Reviewer(s): Tanguy, V.
Facilitator(s): Maura, J., Tanguy, V.