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Biznaga barril espinosa (Ferocactus
N omb res comu n es: Thorny cactus (Inglés)
Si n ón i mos: Echinocactus rafaelensis, Echinocactus victoriensis, Ferocactus rafaelensis, Ferocactus victoriensis,
Bisnaga echidne, Parrycactus echidne, Ferocactus echidne var. victoriensis, Echinocactus echidne
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Range description 1,2
This species is endemic to Mexico, where it is distributed in the states of Guanajuato, Hidalgo, Nuevo
Len, Quertaro, San Luis Potos, and Tamaulipas, at elevations of 300 to 1,860 m asl (Hernndez et al .
2004,Pilbeam and Bowdery 2005).
Habitat and ecology 1,2
Hab i tat an d Ecol ogy
The species occurs in xerophyllous, submontane scrub (Goettsch and Hernndez 2006) and tropical dry
forest (E. Snchez pers. comm. 2010).
Barcode data: ferocactus echidne 3
The following is a representative barcode sequence, the centroid of all available sequences for this
Iucn red list assessment 1,2
R ed Li st Category
Least Concern
R ed Li st Cri teri a
Versi on
Year Assessed
Guadalupe Martnez, J., Snchez , E. & Brcenas Luna, R.
R evi ewer/s
Superina, M. & Goettsch, B.K.
Con tri b u tor/s
Ju sti fi cati on
Ferocactus echidne is considered to be Least Concern due to abundant and widespread
subpopulations, and because it is not declining at nearly the rate to qualify for a threatened category.
Population 1,2
Pop u l ati on
This species is locally common.
Pop u l ati on Tren d
Threats 1,2
M aj or Th reats
There are no major threats to this species. Land use changes present regional threats to
Conservation actions 1,2
Con servati on Acti on s
This species occurs in some protected areas.
1. Guadalupe Martnez, J., Snchez , E. & Brcenas Luna, R. 2013. Ferocactus echidne. In: IUCN 2014 .
IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.1 . <>
2. © International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources, some rights reserved
3. © Barcode of Life Data Systems, some rights reserved