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Range DescriptionFound on the edge of the Chihuahuan Desert near Nuñez, and in the Desert proper near Matehuala. Early observations indicated that this species occurred in a single small area where it had been accidentally discovered. The original location has become well known to collectors and the population has been severely depleted, with more than 70% of the plants removed within the last five years. However, recent fieldwork has shown additional nearby subpopulations that are at present undisturbed. The decision to place Ariocarpus fissuratus var. hintonii as a subspecies under this species, greatly expanded the known range. The species population exceeds 10,000 individuals in several distinct colonies comprising more than ten locations.