Cereus mirabella


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Cereus mirabella
Species Authority: N.P.Taylor

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.
2002 Vulnerable

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).
Brazil (Bahia, Maranhão, Minas Gerais, Piauí, Tocantins)
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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.
Population Trend: Decreasing

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.
Systems: Terrestrial

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. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 30 March 2015.
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