Red List Status -Endangered (EN) , assessed in 07/04/2017
Protected species -in Southern Province
Santalum austrocaledonicum var. pilosulum is a variety of sandal (small tree of 2-10m) endemic to the vicinity of Nouméa in New Caledonia. It is found in dry forest and degraded vegetation at low altitude (10-400 m asl). The main threat comes from the degradation of forest habitat caused by urbanization (forest clearing), bushfires and invasive species. Its extent of occurrence (EOO) and area of occupancy (AOO) are respectively 225 km² and 36 km² while the number of locations is estimated to be 4. Santalum austrocaledonicum var. pilosulum is therefore considered Endangered (EN) according to criteria B1ab(iii)+2ab(iii) with a continuing decline of habitat quality.
Santalum austrocaledonicum var. pilosulum is a variety of sandal (small tree of 2-10m) endemic to the vicinity of Nouméa in New Caledonia.
Population size is unknown.
It is found in dry forest and degraded vegetation at low altitude (10-400 m asl).
The main threat comes from the degradation of forest habitat caused by urbanization (forest clearing), bushfires and invasive species. There is moreover a risk of hybridization with the variety austrocaledonicum.
Protected by legislation in southern province, this variety does occur in one protected area (Ouen Toro). In-situ conservation efforts are needed in order to preserve the last remaining patches of forest around Nouméa.
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Assessor(s): Veillon, J., Amice, R., Bruy, D., Butin, J., Fleurot, D., Garnier, D., Gâteblé, G., Goxe, J., Suprin, B.
Reviewer(s): Pillon, Y.
Contributor(s): Butaud, J.
Facilitator(s): Warimavute, G., Maura, J., Tanguy, V.