Overview

Distribution

Range Description

This wide-ranging species is endemic to Mexico, where it occurs in the Chihuahuan Desert region from Querétaro and Hidalgo to Coahuila (Hernández et al. 2004).
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Ecology

Habitat

Habitat and Ecology

Habitat and Ecology
This cactus grows in xerophyllous scrub and matorral.

Systems
  • Terrestrial
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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
Gómez-Hinostrosa, C., Sánchez , E., Guadalupe Martínez, J. & Bárcenas Luna, R.

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

Contributor/s

Justification
Opuntia stenopetala is listed as Least Concern as it is widespread and abundant across its range, and because it is not exposed to any major threat.
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Population

Population
This species is widespread and abundant.

Population Trend
Stable
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Threats

Major Threats
No major threats are known. A potential threat to species of the genus Opuntia is the invasion of the cactus moth Cactoblastis cactorum, which can exterminate populations completely (Zimmerman et al. 2000).

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Management

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions
There is some need for research on the ecology of the species.
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