Echinocereus russanthus 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Plantae Tracheophyta Magnoliopsida Caryophyllales Cactaceae

Scientific Name: Echinocereus russanthus D.Weniger
Common Name(s):
English Rusty Hedgehog Cactus, Brownspine Hedgehog Cactus
Spanish Órgano-pequeño Chiso
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: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2017
Date Assessed: 2009-11-17
Assessor(s): Heil, K., Terry, M. & Corral-Díaz, R.
Reviewer(s): Superina, M. & Goettsch, B.K.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Goettsch, B.K.
The range of Echinocereus russanthus is not very large, but it is abundant and although there are threats in places a significant part of the species range is protected. Hence, this cactus is listed as Least Concern.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species is distributed in Chihuahua, Mexico and Texas, United States, at elevations of 700 to 2,700 m (Blum et al. 1998, Hunt et al. 2006, Powell et al. 2008).
Countries occurrence:
Mexico (Chihuahua); United States (Texas)
Additional data:
Lower elevation limit (metres):700
Upper elevation limit (metres):2700
Range Map:Click here to open the map viewer and explore range.

Population [top]

Population:The species is very common throughout its range.
Current Population Trend:Stable
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:The species grows in grasslands and desert scrub. It prefers igneous soils, but also occurs on limestone and novaculite (Powell and Weedin 2004). It occurs in  stony slopes and in mountainous woodland on mineral igneous soil and granite rubble (Blum et al. 1998).

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: The species is found in trade in the United States (Robbins and Bárcenas Luna 2003).

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s):

There are no major threats for the species, however, land use change is affecting some subpopulations.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: The species occurs in the Big Bend National Park, Texas.

Amended [top]

Amended reason: The species distribution map has been included.

Citation: Heil, K., Terry, M. & Corral-Díaz, R. 2017. Echinocereus russanthus (amended version of 2013 assessment). The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017: e.T152784A121488318. . Downloaded on 21 May 2018.
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