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Spoon-leaved Moss (Bryoandersonia Illecebra)

Species Information


Species information

Common Name: Spoon-leaved Moss

Scientific Name: Bryoandersonia illecebra

Assessment Summary: May 2003

COSEWIC Status: Endangered

Reason for designation: This species is endemic to eastern North America. The species reaches its northernmost limit in southern Ontario where it is known presently from only three locations and covers an area of < 14 m2. Although previously recorded from an additional five sites in Canada, the species was not relocated in recent field studies. The species grows in humid deciduous woods and does not disperse easily. In Canada, it occurs in woodlots that are severely fragmented by intense urbanization and agriculture. The status of this species is based on a small number of locations, very small population size, and decline in the quality and quantity of forest habitat.

Canadian Occurrence:  Ontario

COSEWIC Status History: Designated Endangered in May 2003. Assessment based on a new status report.