Aeluropus littoralis | UAE National Red List of Vascular Plants

Aeluropus littoralis | (Gouan) Parl.
Countries in Assessment
United Arab Emirates
Country ISO code(s)
Does the assessment cover a marine EEZ area(s)?
Scope (Assessment)
Taxonomic Group
Taxonomic Group Level 2
Flowering Plants
Assessed taxon level
Taxon distribution as listed in assessment
Within the UAE, this species occurs in coastal areas (Jongbloed et al. 2003), with the first record from Ras al-Khaimah beach (Böer and Chaudhary 1999). Brown and Sakkir (2004) report the species from Abu Dhabi Emirate, without details, and it is also known from plantations along the Fujairah coast. This is a circum-Mediterranean species, with a very wide biogeographical distribution that covers southern Europe, western Asia, North Africa and extends from the Arabian Peninsula to India (Euro+Med Plantbase 2006-2010). In the Mediterranean region it is very widespread, occurring in Spain, the Balearic Islands, France, Italy, Sicily, Sardinia, Croatia, former Yugoslavia, Albania, Greece (including Crete and the East Aegean Islands), Bulgaria, Turkey, Cyprus, Syria, Lebanon, Israel, Palestine, Jordan, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya and Egypt.
Habitats and Ecology
Ecological system type
Terrestrial system
Freshwater system
Marine system
Habitat details as listed in assessment
Böer and Chaudhary (1999) reported this halophytic species from coastal saline flats. It is also known to occur in plantations habitats and generally appears to grow in slightly saline soils. Across its Mediterranean range, this species occurs on sandy stretches along the coastline, swamps and inland salty soils. This species has been considered as a 'weed' in the past.
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Assessed status
Asessment status in full
Least Concern
Assessment status abreviation
Assessment rationale/justification
This species is able to survive in saline environments and makes use of plantation habitats. It is relatively widespread and common in the UAE, occurring along the east coast in Fujairah, in addition to Ras al-Khaimah and Abu Dhabi Emirate. Therefore, it is assessed as Least Concern.
About the assessment
Assessment year
Assessors/contributors/reviewers listed
UAE National Red List Workshop
Affliation of assessor(s)/contributors/reviewers listed on assessment
Assessor affiliation specific
Criteria system
Criteria system specifics
IUCN v3.1 + Regional Guidelines v4.0
Criteria system used
Criteria Citation
IUCN. 2012. IUCN Red List Categories and Criteria: Version 3.1, Second edition. IUCN, Gland, Switzerland and Cambridge, UK. iv + 32pp pp. And IUCN. 2012. Guidelines for Application of IUCN Red List Criteria at Regional and National Levels: Version 4.0. Gland, Switzerland and Cambridge, UK: IUCN. iii + 41pp.
Endemic to region
Endemism Notes
Is an endemic?: Not_assigned
Threats listed in assessment
Without detailed information on the distribution in the UAE, little can be said about threats, however, it is likely to have been impacted by coastal development.
Conservation Measures

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Scientific Name Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family Genus
Aeluropus littoralis Plantae Tracheophyta Liliopsida Poales Poaceae Aeluropus