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Global Cycad Conservation Status

Below is a world map illustrating global cycad conservation status by region. Species considered in this assessment are those currently recognized by the most recent World List of Cycads. Conservation status was assessed based on the most recent IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

Click on the map for a higher resolution version, or click an individual pie diagram for an exploded view of the status of the cycads of that particular region.


The Red List categories are as follows (from least to most threatened):

Least Concern (LC)
A taxon is of Least Concern when it does not qualify for Critically Endangered, Endangered, Vulnerable or Near Threatened. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category.

Near Threatened (NT)
A taxon is Near Threatened when it does not qualify for Critically Endangered, Endangered or Vulnerable now, but is close to qualifying, or is likely to qualify, for a threatened category in the near future.

Vulnerable (VU)
A taxon is Vulnerable when the best available evidence indicates that it is facing a high risk of extinction in the wild.

Endangered (EN)
A taxon is Endangered when the best available evidence indicates that it is facing a very high risk of extinction in the wild.

Critically Endangered (CR)
A taxon is Critically Endangered when the best available evidence indicates that it is facing an extremely high risk of extinction in the wild.

Extinct in the Wild (EW)
A taxon is Extinct in the Wild when it is known only to survive in cultivation, in captivity, or as a naturalized population (or populations) well outside the former known range of the taxon.

Data Deficient (DD)
A taxon is Data Deficient when there is inadequate information to make a direct, or indirect, assessment of its risk of extinction based on its distribution and/or population status. Listing of taxa in this category indicates that more information is required and acknowledges the possibility that future research will show that threatened classification is appropriate.

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This page was updated on Thursday, 17 September 2009.