Overview

Distribution

Range Description

This taxon occurs across N Russia, from Archangel'sk eastward to the Amur River, southward to the mountains along the Sino-Russian border.
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Ecology

Habitat

Habitat and Ecology

Habitat and Ecology
The 'typical' subspecies of Siberian Fir (Abies sibirica) is widespread across the Siberian taiga, where it occurs from near sea level on the northern plains to 2,000 m asl in the mountains. It remains well south of the arctic tree limit in Siberia, in fact it is more common in W Siberia and the Altai Mountains, which have a less severe climate. The soils are usually of alluvial origin, podzolic, and in the mountains also calcareous, well drained and free of permafrost. The climate is cold continental, but not extreme in most parts of the range of the species. There are pure forests, but more often it is mixed with other conifers, e.g. Picea obovata, Larix gmelinii, in the mountains also L. sibirica and Pinus sibirica; common broad-leaved trees or shrubs are Betula pendula, Populus tremula, Sorbus aucuparia and Viburnum opulus. In the southwestern part of its range other broad leaved trees are mixed in: Tilia cordata, Ulmus scabra, and Acer platanoides.

Systems
  • Terrestrial
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Conservation

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List Assessment


Red List Category
LC
Least Concern

Red List Criteria

Version
3.1

Year Assessed
2011

Assessor/s
Zhang, D, Rushforth, K. & Katsuki, T.

Reviewer/s
Thomas, P. & Farjon, A.

Contributor/s

Justification
The vast range and limited current logging suggests that currently this subspecies is Least Concern.
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Population

Population
This subspecies forms extensive forests in areas where there is sufficient summer heat, across a vast area of northern Asia.

Population Trend
Decreasing
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Threats

Major Threats
Logging could cause a decline but current evidence suggest that this is not a serious threat at present. Air pollution from mining and other industrial activities will affect this subspecies in parts of its range.
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Management

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions
This subspecies is likely to occur in some protected areas.
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