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Ferocactus herrerae 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Plantae Tracheophyta Magnoliopsida Caryophyllales Cactaceae

Scientific Name: Ferocactus herrerae J.G.Ortega
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: Vulnerable A2c ver 3.1
Year Published: 2017
Date Assessed: 2010-05-11
Assessor(s): Burquez Montijo, A.
Reviewer(s): Chanson, J.S. & Goettsch, B.K.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Goettsch, B.K.
Justification:
Although this is an abundant species, it has suffered a substantial reduction in the available habitat over the last 20 years (generation length 10 years). This habitat loss is the result of the rapid expansion of coastal shrimp farms and cattle ranching, which is projected to continue into the future. Therefore, a population reduction of 30% is estimated to take place considering both past and future, which warrants the species a Vulnerable listing.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species is endemic to Mexico, occurring in the states of Sinaloa and Sonora. It occurs mainly along the coasts from 0 - 400m asl.
Countries occurrence:
Native:
Mexico (Sinaloa, Sonora)
Additional data:
Upper elevation limit (metres):400
Range Map:Click here to open the map viewer and explore range.

Population [top]

Population:It is a locally abundant species.
Current Population Trend:Decreasing
Additional data:
Continuing decline of mature individuals:Yes
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:The species occurs on the coastal plains from Guaymas, Sonora, to the centre of Sinaloa.
Systems:Terrestrial
Generation Length (years):10

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: In the past the mayos used to eat the pulp and the seeds, and give the fruit to the cattle. They also used it for medicinal purposes and in spiritual rituals (Paredes et al. 2000).

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Land use change for cattle pasture and shrimp farming has removed much of the range and it is projected to continue to do so.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species is not found in any protected area.

Amended [top]

Amended reason: The species distribution map has been added.

Citation: Burquez Montijo, A. 2017. Ferocactus herrerae (amended version of 2013 assessment). The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017: e.T151948A121514608. . Downloaded on 22 September 2018.
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