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Opuntia scheeri

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
PLANTAE TRACHEOPHYTA MAGNOLIOPSIDA CARYOPHYLLALES CACTACEAE

Scientific Name: Opuntia scheeri
Species Authority: F.A.C.Weber
Taxonomic Notes: The validity of this species is questionable and further information is needed on the relationship between this taxon and O. leucotricha (and other similar species) so that the limits of its distribution and population size can be defined.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Data Deficient ver 3.1
Year Published: 2013
Date Assessed: 2009-11-18
Assessor(s): Bárcenas Luna, R., Gómez-Hinostrosa, C., Guadalupe Martínez, J. & Sánchez , E.
Reviewer(s): Goettsch, B.K. & Superina, M.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Schipper, J.
Justification:
It is currently not possible to assess Opuntia scheeri due to uncertainty about the taxonomic status, distribution and population size. Hence, it is listed as Data Deficient.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is found in Mexico in the states of Aguascalientes, Guanajuato, Jalisco and Querétaro (Hernández et al. 2004).
Countries:
Native:
Mexico (Aguascalientes, Guanajuato, Jalisco, Querétaro)
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Population [top]

Population: There is no information on population size or trends.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species is very likely distributed in shrublands.
Systems: Terrestrial

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: There is no information on the use or trade of this species.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): A potential threat to species of the genus Opuntia is the invasion of the cactus moth Cactoblastis cactorum, which can completely exterminate populations (Zimmermann et al. 2000).

 

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Further research is needed on the taxonomy, ecology and population status of this cactus.

Citation: Bárcenas Luna, R., Gómez-Hinostrosa, C., Guadalupe Martínez, J. & Sánchez , E. 2013. Opuntia scheeri. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 30 August 2014.
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