Overview

Distribution

Range Description

This species is endemic to Mexico, where it is known only from tropical deciduous forests in the states of Colima and Jalisco (Hunt et al. 2006, Padilla-Velarde et al. 2006). Padilla-Velarde et al. (2006) also report the species to occur in the state of Nayarit.
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Ecology

Habitat

Habitat and Ecology

Habitat and Ecology
This species grows in tropical deciduous forest. The numbers of fruits produced by Oputia excelsa ranges from 0 to 479 (Reyes-Argüero et al. 2006), and the plants may start producing fruits when they have 33 cladodes (Bullock and Martijena 1998).

Systems
  • Terrestrial
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Molecular Biology and Genetics

Molecular Biology

Barcode data: Opuntia excelsa

The following is a representative barcode sequence, the centroid of all available sequences for this species.


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Statistics of barcoding coverage: Opuntia excelsa

Barcode of Life Data Systems (BOLDS) Stats
Public Records: 1
Specimens with Barcodes: 1
Species With Barcodes: 1
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Conservation

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List Assessment


Red List Category
LC
Least Concern

Red List Criteria

Version
3.1

Year Assessed
2013

Assessor/s
Terrazas, T., Cházaro, M. & Arreola, H.

Reviewer/s
Goettsch, B.K. & Superina, M.

Contributor/s

Justification
Opuntia excelsa is listed as Least Concern as it is common and abundant in its limited range and there are no major threats affecting it.
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Population

Population
This species is common and abundant.

Population Trend
Stable
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Threats

Major Threats
There are no major threats to this species.
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Management

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions

This species is legally protected in Mexico by the national list of species at risk of extinction, NOM-059-SEMARNAT-2010 where it is listed under category “subject to special protection” (Pr; SEMARNAT 2010).

Opuntia excelsa is distributed within the Chamela-Cuixmala Biosphere Reserve.

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