Justification of Red List Category
This newly-split species is suspected to be undergoing moderately rapid population declines based on rates of forest clearance for timber and agriculture. It is therefore classified as Near Threatened.
The population size has not been quantified, but it has been described as 'rare to fairly common' (Collar and Robson 2016).
The species is suspected to be declining in line with habitat loss.
Phyllanthus atripennis is found in western Africa where it is found from Senegal and Gambia through Guinea and Guinea-Bissau to Liberia and western Sierra Leone in the dense undergrowth of forest (Collar and Robson 2016).
This species is found in dense forest understorey, but can tolerate a degree of habitat disturbance, being found in secondary forest and forest edge (e.g. Gatter 1997).
Clearance of forest for timber and agriculture is still suspected to be leading to at least a moderate decline in this species. Groups may also be taken as food by local people (Collar and Robson 2016).
Conservation Actions UnderwayThere are no targeted conservation actions known for this species, but it likely occurs in several protected areas.
Conservation Actions ProposedInvestigate the species tolerance to habitat loss and degradation. Protect remaining areas of its habitat.
Text account compilers
Butchart, S., Ekstrom, J., Symes, A. & Westrip, J.
BirdLife International (2020) Species factsheet: Phyllanthus atripennis. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 06/08/2020. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2020) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 06/08/2020.