This species is classified as
Vulnerable because its very small population is confined to one tiny
island. Deterioration of its habitat is the greatest threat, and action
to preserve remaining fragments is still urgently needed. Any decline in
range or numbers would result in an upgrading to Critical status.
Destruction and degradation of
forest by goats, cattle, fires (used to control fernland and increase
grazing land) and felling are the main threats. Predation by feral cats
and Pacific rat Rattus exulans are possible threats, while
hunting for food by local inhabitants is no longer a threat owing to an
improvement in the standard of living on the island2.
Proposals have been made to protect
and to consider captive breeding2.
*Discuss with the local community
the possibility of establishing a protected area in the upland forests1.
*If agreement for a protected area is reached, fence forest remnants to
reduce grazing pressure1. *Reduce goat numbers1.
*Exclude fires from upland areas1. *Consider the
possibility of translocation to another island to establish a second
population1. *Investigate the impact of cats and rats
on the species, and take precautions to prevent invasion by black rat Rattus
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