Acharagma aguirreanum


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Acharagma aguirreanum
Species Authority: (Glass & R.A.Foster) Glass
Escobaria aguirreana (Glass & R.A.Foster) N.P.Taylor
Gymnocactus aguirreanus Glass & R.A.Foster
Taxonomic Notes: Glass (1998) and Anderson (2001) consider the species to be in the genus Acharagma. Accepted as a species in Escobaria by Hunt (1999).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Critically Endangered B1ab(v)+2ab(v) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2002
Date Assessed: 2002-01-03
Needs updating
Assessor(s): Anderson, E.F., Fitz Maurice, B & Fitz Maurice, W.A.
Reviewer(s): Stuppy, W. & Taylor, N.P.
This listing is based on the fact that it occurs in a single tiny location (only 1 km²), with less than 1,000 plants in a continuing decline due to illegal collecting.
2002 Critically Endangered

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:Occurs in Sierra de la Paila over a range of 1 km². It is estimated that there are less than 1,000 plants.
Mexico (Coahuila)
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Population [top]

Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: In semi-desert among calcareous rocks at an altitude of about 1,500 m.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Illegal collecting.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Listed on CITES App.II, but the laws governing imports in the countries of destination need to be enforced. This species is in propagation.

Bibliography [top]

Anderson, E.F. 2001. The Cactus Family. Timber Press, Portland.

Glass, C. 1998. Identification Guide to Threatened Cacti of México. CANTE.

Hunt, D. 1999. CITES Cactaceae Checklist, 2nd ed. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and International Organization for Succulent Plant Study (IOS).

IUCN. 2002. 2002 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Available at: (Accessed: 8 October 2002).

Citation: Anderson, E.F., Fitz Maurice, B & Fitz Maurice, W.A. 2002. Acharagma aguirreanum. In: The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 05 September 2015.
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