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Overview

Distribution

Range Description

This species is endemic to Jamaica, from Saint Catherine (Britton and Rose 1919). It occurs from sea level to eight meters (Adams 1972).
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Physical Description

Type Information

Isotype for Opuntia jamaicensis Britton & Harris
Catalog Number: US 848229
Collection: Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Department of Botany
Verification Degree: Original publication and alleged type specimen examined
Preparation: Pressed specimen
Collector(s): W. H. Harris & N. L. Britton
Year Collected: 1908
Locality: Greater Antilles, Jamaica, West Indies
  • Isotype: Britton, N. L. & Harris, W. H. 1911. Torreya. 11: 130.
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Ecology

Habitat

Habitat and Ecology

Habitat and Ecology
This species occurs in plains in tropical dry shrubland. Adams (1972) reports that it forms pure stands near mangrove and logwood thickets and salinas in heavy silt alluvium.

Systems
  • Terrestrial
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Conservation

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List Assessment


Red List Category
DD
Data Deficient

Red List Criteria

Version
3.1

Year Assessed
2013

Assessor/s
Gann, G.D. & Majure, L.

Reviewer/s
Goettsch, B.K.

Contributor/s

Justification
This species is listed as Data Deficient because little is known about it. However, its range is restricted to a small area in Jamaica and it is possible that this species is threatened.
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Population

Population
Adams (1972) reports that O. jamaicensis is very locally abundant in St. Catherine and Manchester parishes, which are found along the central southern coast. The population size for this species is unknown.

Population Trend
Unknown
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Threats

Major Threats
There is no information on threats for this species.
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Management

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions
No information on the conservation of this species is known. Research needs include further taxonomic studies, especially regarding its relationship to O. tuna and population level assessments. The status of this species concerning potential threats and conservation is unknown and requires further study.
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