Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Plantae Tracheophyta Magnoliopsida Caryophyllales Cactaceae

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 Source(s): Hunt, D., Taylor, N. and Charles, G. (compilers and editors). 2006. The New Cactus Lexicon. dh Books, Milborne Port, UK.
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.
Previously published Red List assessments:
2002 Critically Endangered (CR)

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.
Countries occurrence:
Mexico (Coahuila)
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Population [top]

Current Population Trend:Decreasing
Additional data:

Habitat and Ecology [top]

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

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.

Classifications [top]

3. Shrubland -> 3.5. Shrubland - Subtropical/Tropical Dry
suitability: Suitable  
5. Law & policy -> 5.4. Compliance and enforcement -> 5.4.1. International level

In-Place Research, Monitoring and Planning
In-Place Land/Water Protection and Management
In-Place Species Management
In-Place Education
5. Biological resource use -> 5.2. Gathering terrestrial plants -> 5.2.1. Intentional use (species is the target)
♦ timing: Ongoing    
→ Stresses
  • 2. Species Stresses -> 2.1. Species mortality

♦  Pets/display animals, horticulture
 International : ✓ 

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 2002: e.T40966A48029004. . Downloaded on 10 October 2015.
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