Mammillaria petterssonii 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Plantae Tracheophyta Magnoliopsida Caryophyllales Cactaceae

Scientific Name: Mammillaria petterssonii Hildm.
Taxonomic Source(s): Hunt, D., Taylor, N. and Charles, G. (compilers and editors). 2006. The New Cactus Lexicon. dh Books, Milborne Port, UK.
Taxonomic Notes: There is confusion over the identity and taxonomic limits between the hemisphaerical species and this confusion may be reflected in some of the data provided on some of the species concerned.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2017
Date Assessed: 2009-11-18
Assessor(s): Fitz Maurice, B, Sotomayor, M., Fitz Maurice, W.A. & Hernández, H.M.
Reviewer(s): Superina, M. & Goettsch, B.K.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Hilton-Taylor, C.
This species is widespread and seems to be abundant. Furthermore, it grows in areas where there are no major threats. Hence, it is listed as Least Concern.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species is endemic to Mexico, where it can be found in the states of Aguascalientes, Durango, Guanajuato, Jalisco, San Luis Potosí and Zacatecas (Pilbeam 1999, Hernandez et al. 2004). Hunt et al. (2006) do not record it from Durango or San Luis Potosí. It grows at elevations of 1,300 to 2,600 m asl (Pilbeam 1999).

Countries occurrence:
Mexico (Aguascalientes, Durango, Guanajuato, Jalisco, San Luis Potosí, Zacatecas)
Additional data:
Lower elevation limit (metres):1300
Upper elevation limit (metres):2600
Range Map:Click here to open the map viewer and explore range.

Population [top]

Population:Little is known about the population size or trends of this species, but one subpopulation is reported to be relatively abundant and stable, so the same is assumed for the species as a whole (M. Sotomayor pers. comm. 2009)
Current Population Trend:Stable
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:This hemispherical species is found growing on rocky slopes in open oak woodland on volcanic soils.

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: This cactus is rarely cultivated as an ornamental, it would only appear in specialist collections.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): No major threats are known.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This cactus is not known to occur in any protected areas.

Amended [top]

Amended reason: The species distribution map has been added.

Classifications [top]

1. Forest -> 1.5. Forest - Subtropical/Tropical Dry
suitability:Suitable season:resident major importance:Yes

In-Place Research, Monitoring and Planning
In-Place Land/Water Protection and Management
  Occur in at least one PA:No
In-Place Species Management
In-Place Education
  Included in international legislation:Yes
  Subject to any international management/trade controls:Yes
1. Research -> 1.1. Taxonomy
1. Research -> 1.2. Population size, distribution & trends
1. Research -> 1.3. Life history & ecology
1. Research -> 1.5. Threats

Bibliography [top]

Hernández, H.M., Gómez-Hinostrosa, C. and Goettsch, B. 2004. Checklist of Chihuahuan Desert Cactaceae. Harvard Papers in Botany 9(1): 51-68.

Hunt, D., Taylor, N. and Charles, G. (compilers and editors). 2006. The New Cactus Lexicon. dh Books, Milborne Port, UK.

IUCN. 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (ver. 2013.1). Available at: (Accessed: 12 June 2013).

IUCN. 2017. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2017-3. Available at: (Accessed: 7 December 2017).

Pilbeam, J. 1999. Mammillaria. Cirio Publishing Services, Southampton.

Citation: Fitz Maurice, B, Sotomayor, M., Fitz Maurice, W.A. & Hernández, H.M. 2017. Mammillaria petterssonii (amended version of 2013 assessment). The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017: e.T152236A121527930. . Downloaded on 23 March 2018.
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