This pie chart shows the relative likelihood of observing particular other species commonly observed near Aglaeactis aliciae
These species are those which most commonly occur in our observation database near Aglaeactis aliciae. Observations favor some phyla over others. Typically Bacteria, Fungi, Protozoa, and Arthropods are more common in the field than in our records.
Aglaeactis aliciae is restricted to a tiny area of c. 1 km² in the upper Marañón drainage of La Libertad and Ancash, west Peru. Historical records come from Succha and nearby Soquián in La Libertad. The only location that has produced regular records in the period 1979-1998 is El Molino in La Libertad3,4,5, where (at least until 2003) the species was described as 'locally common'9. However, there is a recent unconfirmed sighting from the Llanganuco area in Ancash2, c.140 km south of the La Libertad sites. In 2000, searches of alder patches in the Pataz area (between Buldibuyo, Tayabamba and Huacrachuco) produced no sightings8.
It is known from the temperate zone (c.3,000 m) with vegetation comprising montane shrubs and Alnus and Eucalyptus trees6. It has been reported feeding on mistletoe parasitising alders and other trees, e.g. Tristerix longebrachteatum1,7. However, the unconfirmed sighting in the Llanganuco area was in the Polylepis zone at 3,600-4,000 m. Juveniles and immatures have been taken in February, March and June.
In sections below, we make some habitat inferences based on the known habitat preferences of those species most commonly associated with Aglaeactis aliciae.
forests, tropical forest.