Ecological Studies and Conservation Status Assessment on Threatened Species of Genus Vibrissaphora in China

Ben Han

Almost all known species with severely fragmented distribution of genus Vibrissaphora are poorly studied in China. Two species are listed as Endangered by the IUCN. Another species rated as Near Threatened may underestimate threatens to it. In addition to a newly found member of the genus in China is not listed to date. The species are suffering continuous declines in the number of mature individuals and populations. An ecological study collecting substantial scientific data through field work will contribute to consolidate the knowledge of the species and to raise awareness of the importance to preserve the species by public education.

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