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Pelecyphora aselliformis

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
PLANTAE TRACHEOPHYTA MAGNOLIOPSIDA CARYOPHYLLALES CACTACEAE

Scientific Name: Pelecyphora aselliformis
Species Authority: Ehrenb.
Taxonomic Notes:

Accepted as a valid species by all cactus specialists, including Hunt (1999) and Anderson (2001).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2013
Date Assessed: 2009-11-16
Assessor(s): Fitz Maurice, B & Fitz Maurice, W.A.
Reviewer(s): Superina, M. & Goettsch, B.K.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Wyatt, S.
Justification:

Pelecyphora aselliformis is listed as Least Concern because of its wide range, large population, and low threat level. 

History:
2009 Least Concern

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is endemic to the Mexican state of San Luis Potosí, where it occurs in the north and northwest at elevations of 1,800 to 2,400 m asl. The species is spread over an area of no more than 500 km2.
Countries:
Native:
Mexico (San Luis Potosí)
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Population [top]

Population: The estimated population size is more than 100,000 individuals. Early observations indicated that this species occurred in few areas that were being heavily impacted by human activities (Anderson et al. 1994). However, subsequent fieldwork has clearly shown the species to be widespread over 500 km2 and numbering more than 100,000 individuals. This species appears to be reproducing well.
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species is found in semi-desert among calcareous rocks.
Systems: Terrestrial

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: This species is used as an ornamental with some illegal collection. It is in commercial cultivation for the international trade.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Other than some limited illegal collecting at one site in particular and destruction of plants by road construction (Glass and Fitz Maurice 1993), there appears to be relatively little human impact.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions:

The species is legally protected in Mexico, where it is listed as "subject to special protection" (Pr) on the national list of species at risk of extinction, NOM-059-SEMARNAT-2010 (SEMARNAT 2010).


Citation: Fitz Maurice, B & Fitz Maurice, W.A. 2013. Pelecyphora aselliformis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 20 December 2014.
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