Neomacounia nitida (Lindb.) Ireland (1974)

Macoun's shining moss



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Forsstroemia nitida Lindb. (1869:73); Leptodon nitidus (Lindb.) Sull. (1874); Neckera macounii Sull. (1865) (nomen nudum) [fide Ireland, 1974]


Conservation Status

Extinct (Bryophyte Specialist Group, 2000; Baillie & Butcher, 2012:88; NatureServe, 2024)

Last record: 20 July 1864 (Ireland, 1974)

IUCN RedList status: Extinct


The original site of the three collections was destroyed by 1892, and searches in 1972 (Ireland, 1974:458) and 2001 (NatureServe) failed to observe this distinctive species.



east of Belleville, Hastings County, Ontario province, Canada


Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:

Lindberg, S. O. (1869). Nya mossor. Oefvers. Forh. Finska Vetensk.-Soc. 12(2): 70-84.


Other references:

Anderson, L. E., Crum, H. A. and Buck, W. R. (1990). List of the mosses of North America north of Mexico. The Bryologist 93(4):448-499.

Baillie, Jonathan E. M. and Butcher, Ellen R. (2012). Priceless or Worthless? The world’s most threatened species. London, UK: Zoological Society of London.

Bryophyte Specialist Group. (2000). Neomacounia nitida. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2000: e.T39179A10167119. Downloaded on 18 November 2016.

Crum, H. A. and Anderson, L. E. (1981). Mosses of eastern North America. 2 Volumes. Columbia Univ. Press, New York. 1328 pp.

Flora of North America Editorial Committee. (2014). Flora of North America North of Mexico. Vol. 28. Bryophyta, Part 2. Oxford Univ. Press, New York. vii + 702 pp. [p. 611]

Grout, A. J. (1934). Moss Flora of North America, North of Mexico. 3(4): 220-222. Newfane.

Hallingbäck, Tomas and Hodgetts, Nick. (compilers). (2000). Mosses, Liverworts, and Hornworts. Status Survey and Conservation Action Plan for Bryophytes. IUCN/SSC Bryophyte Specialist Group. IUCN, Gland, Switzerland and Cambridge, UK. x + 106 pp.

Hilton-Taylor, C. (2000). 2000 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN, Gland, Switzerland and Cambridge, UK.

Ireland, Robert R. (1974). Neomacounia, a new genus in the Neckeraceae (Musci) from Canada. Bryologist 77(3): 453-459.

Kindberg, N. C. (1909). Note on Northamerican Bryineae. Rev. Bryol. 36: 42-44.

Lesquereux, L. and James, T. P. (1884). Manual of the Mosses of North America. Boston.

Macoun, J. and Kindberg, N. C. (1892). Catalogue of Canadian Plants. Part VI.-Musci. Montreal

NatureServe. (2024). NatureServe Network Biodiversity Location Data accessed through NatureServe Explorer [web application]. NatureServe, Arlington, Virginia. Available at: [Accessed 21 May 2024]

Sullivant, W. S. (1874). Icones Muscorum. Supplement. Cambridge & London.


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