IUCN threat status:

Endangered (EN)


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Range Description

Gymnomyza samoensis occurs on Savai`i and `Upolu, Samoa, and may have occurred formerly on Tutuila, American Samoa (it was collected there in the 1920's). In 1984, it was common in preferred habitat on `Upolu (Bellingham and Davis 1988) but, more recently, it appears to have become rarer. For example, it was not recorded by two main-island surveys (Lovegrove et al. 1992, Park et al. 1992)nor by offshore island surveys in 1999 (Freifeld et al. in press), and only one individual was recorded at the proposed conservation area at Uafato in 1997 (Beichle 1997b). Targeted surveys in 2005-6 indicate that it is widespread in native forest, though now largely absent from the lowlands. The population is thought to be little more than 500 individuals (Tipamaa in litt. 2007). There is concern that small, increasingly fragmented subpopulations may not be viable (H. Freifeld in litt. 1999).


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