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Range Description

Epidendrum cocoense is strictly endemic to CocosIsland, Province of Puntarenas, Costa Rica (Hágsater 1999). It has never been found on the continental lands of tropical America.Cocos Island (also known as Isla del Coco) is a volcanic island of 24 km2, located at 5º32’57” N and 86º59’17” W, in the Pacific Ocean (Castillo et al. 1988).

One of the first distribution studies of E. cocoense was done by Trusty (2004) who visited the island in 2004. She also recorded herbarium specimens and based on these data estimated an extent of occurrence (EOO) of 22.3 km2 for this species. We, the present assessors, visited the island in April 2006 and collected this species along five transects: i.e. the path between Wafer and ChathamBays, along GenioRiver, Punta Presidio, path to Cerro Yglesias and Los Llanos plain. Based on these data we calculated an EOO of 4.5 km2.


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