Ferocactus flavovirens 


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Plantae Tracheophyta Magnoliopsida Caryophyllales Cactaceae

Scientific Name: Ferocactus flavovirens
Species Authority: (Scheidw.) Britton & Rose
Echinocactus flavovirens Scheidw.
Taxonomic Source(s): Hunt, D., Taylor, N. and Charles, G. (compilers and editors). 2006. The New Cactus Lexicon. dh Books, Milborne Port, UK.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Endangered B1ab(v) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2013
Date Assessed: 2009-04-29
Assessor(s): Arias, S., Hernández, C., Valverde, T. & Zavala-Hurtado, A.
Reviewer(s): Chanson, J.S. & Goettsch, B.K.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Goettsch, B.K.
This species has a narrow extent of occurrence (EOO is 2,000 km2), is severely fragmented and is not abundant. Several known subpopulations have disappeared as a consequence of land use change, which is still a threat because the subpopulations are very close to agricultural land, even those inside the Tehuacán-Cuicatlán Biosphere Reserve. Hence is listed as Endangered.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is endemic to the Tehuacán-Cuicatlán Valley in Mexico (Arias et al. 1997), at elevations of 1,500 - 1,900 m asl.
Countries occurrence:
Mexico (Oaxaca, Puebla)
Lower elevation limit (metres): 1500
Upper elevation limit (metres): 1900
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Population [top]

Population: This species is not abundant.
Current Population Trend: Decreasing
Additional data:
Continuing decline of mature individuals: Yes
Population severely fragmented: Yes

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species occurs in xerophyllous scrub and flowers between October and March (Arias et al. 1987).
Systems: Terrestrial

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: This species is occasionally used as fodder for goats and donkeys.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Land use change for agriculture is the main threat for this species.
The range of this species is predicted to be reduced by up to 90% under climate change scenarios in which temperature increases by 2°C and precipitation decreases by 15% compared to current climate conditions (approximately between year 2060 and year 2100; Téllez-Valdés and Dávila-Aranda 2003).

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species is distributed within the Tehuacán-Cuicatlán Biosphere Reserve (Telléz-Valdés and Dávila-Aranda 2003) and it is locally propagated in a government approved nursery (UMA).

Citation: Arias, S., Hernández, C., Valverde, T. & Zavala-Hurtado, A. 2013. Ferocactus flavovirens. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2013: e.T151720A553855. . Downloaded on 28 November 2015.
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