Isola di Capraia, Tremiti
C.F. Izzi1, A. Acosta1, M.L. Carranza2, M. Carboni1, G. Ciaschetti3, F. Conti4, S. Del Vecchio1, L. Di Martino3, A. Frattaroli3, G. Pirone3 & A. Stanisci2
1Dipartimento di Biologia, Università degli Studi Roma Tre, V.le Marconi 446, I-00146 Roma 2Dipartimento di Scienze e Tecnologie per l’Ambiente e il Territorio (STAT), Università degli Studi del Molise, Contrada Fonte Lappone, I-86170 Pesche (IS)
3Dipartimento di Scienze Ambientali, Università degli Studi de L’Aquila, Via Vetoio Loc. Coppito, I-67100 L’Aquila;
4Dipartimento di Scienze Ambientali, Università di Camerino - Centro Ricerche Floristiche dell’Appennino, Parco Nazionale del Gran Sasso e Monti della Laga, S. Colombo, I-67021 Barisciano (AQ)
Threatened plant species of coastal dune habitats in Central Italy. Coastal dune habitats and the associated backdune marshes represent fragile environments, which therefore host many seriously threatened plant species. In this paper we present the results of a floristic census, which considered dune plant species of three regions in central Italy, focusing in particular on threatened species and on their conservation status. Numerous dune species recorded are typical of coastal dune habitats that are listed in “Habitats” Directive and many are included in regional Red Lists. Abruzzo is the region with the highest number of threatened species, followed by Molise and Lazio. The threat status of many typical coastal dune species often differs among examined regions. Floristic data obtained through this census, coupled with distribution maps of the single species, represent a useful tool for more objective compiling of red lists, for the individuation of new dune species that deserve protection and for a future reconsideration of species to be considered threatened on the basis of the new 3.1 version of the IUCN categories and criteria.
coastal dunes, IUCN, psammophylous vegetation, red lists, threatened species.