Cereus mirabella 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Plantae Tracheophyta Magnoliopsida Caryophyllales Cactaceae

Scientific Name: Cereus mirabella N.P.Taylor
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 A2c ver 3.1
Year Published: 2013
Date Assessed: 2010-08-10
Assessor(s): Braun, P., Machado, M. & Taylor, N.P.
Reviewer(s): Chanson, J.S. & Goettsch, B.K.
The species occurs over a vast area, however large extensions of the habitat where the species used to occur have been converted to agro-industry. From this it can be inferred that a reduction of over 50% of the population has occurred over the last 30 years (generation length is 10 years) and habitat conversion will not cease in the near future, hence the species qualifies as Endangered.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:The species occurs at ca 150-750 m asl from south-western Maranhão, Tocantins, Piaui, Goias and western Bahia to central northern and western Minas Gerais (Rio São Francisco drainage) in Brazil, and disjunctly in east central Minas Gerais (Rio Doce/Rio Jequitinhohna watershed).
Countries occurrence:
Brazil (Bahia, Maranhão, Minas Gerais, Piauí, Tocantins)
Additional data:
Lower elevation limit (metres):150
Upper elevation limit (metres):750
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Population [top]

Population:The species is scattered over a vast area, subpopulations have less than 100 individuals. The subpopulations are severely fragmented because of patchy remaining habitat and soil specificity to sandy substrates.
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 cerrado element, mostly in sandy phases of the cerrado and more open places of the cerrado-caatinga ecotone.
Continuing decline in area, extent and/or quality of habitat:Yes
Generation Length (years):10

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: No known use or trade of this species.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The only major threat is habitat loss due to agro-industry of soya, maize and cotton.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: The species occurs within the Parque Nacional Cavernas do Peruacu, Parque Nacional Nascentes do Rio Parnaiba and Parque Nacional dos Craos.

Citation: Braun, P., Machado, M. & Taylor, N.P. 2013. Cereus mirabella. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2013: e.T40877A2939865. . Downloaded on 25 April 2018.
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