Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Plantae Tracheophyta Magnoliopsida Caryophyllales Cactaceae

Scientific Name: Mammillaria lenta
Species Authority: K.Brandegee
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: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2013
Date Assessed: 2009-11-16
Assessor(s): Fitz Maurice, B & Fitz Maurice, W.A.
Reviewer(s): Superina, M. & Goettsch, B.K.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Wyatt, S.

Mammillaria lenta is listed as Least Concern because there is little evidence of decline. However, due to the small number of subpopulations and its natural rarity the species requires monitoring because it could decline rapidly with an increase of threats.

Previously published Red List assessments:
2009 Least Concern (LC)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is endemic to the Mexican state of Coahuila, where it occurs at elevations between 1,000 and 1,800 m asl. The species appears over a range of approximately 16,000 km2.
Countries occurrence:
Mexico (Coahuila)
Lower elevation limit (metres): 1000
Upper elevation limit (metres): 1800
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Population [top]


This species is rare.

Current Population Trend: Stable
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: The species grows on steep calcareous rock, in semi-desert shrublands.
Systems: Terrestrial

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade:

This species is collected for use as an ornamental.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s):

There is some illegal collecting, but it is not a significant threat. Goat overgrazing and trampling also represents a minor threat to this species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions:

The species is legally protected in Mexico. It is included in the national list of species at risk of extinction, NOM-059-SEMARNAT-2010, where it is listed as “threatened” (A; SEMARNAT 2010). It is not found in any protected area.

Citation: Fitz Maurice, B & Fitz Maurice, W.A. 2013. Mammillaria lenta. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2013: e.T152870A688738. . Downloaded on 10 October 2015.
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