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Oryctes nevadensis

Scientific Name:Oryctes nevadensis
Common name:oryctes
Rank and Status   
Global Rank:G3 Native Status:Native
Subnational (State) Rank:S2S3 Endemic:No
US ESA Status:None Sand Dunes:Yes
NNHP Tracking Status:At-Risk List Wetland:No
Other Agency Status Status Last Updated Status Comments
Bureau of Land Management - Nevada Sensitive BLM Nevada Sensitive Species List dated 2017-10-01
Nevada Native Plant Society Watch
CCVI Score Moderately Vulnerable
Distribution (NV Counties)

Status: Confident or certain


Status: Predicted or probable


Status: Possible

Summary Occurrence Data
Occurrence Count:69
Total Observed Area (hectares):58
Maximum Known Elevation (m):1426
Minimum Known Elevation (m):1189
Oryctes nevadensis data at NatureServe
Oryctes nevadensis photos and data at Encyclopedia of Life
Character Abstract
Identification Comments:This annual appears only in years with optimal rainfall and temperature patterns, and is therefore difficult to inventory.
Subspecies Comments:
Phenology Comments:
Reproduction Comments:
Habitat Comments:Deep loose sand of stabilized dunes, washes, and valley flats, on various slopes and aspects, variously associated with Psorothamnus polydenius, Tetradymia tetrameres, T. glabrata, Sarcobatus vermiculatus, S. baileyi, Atriplex canescens, A. confertifolia, Krascheninnikovia lanata, Grayia spinosa, Eriogonum nummulare, Achnatherum hymenoides, Hesperostipa comata, Oenothera deltoides, Cymopterus corrugatus, Penstemon arenarius, Gilia micromeria, Astragalus geyeri, Phacelia bicolor, Nama densum, N. aretioides, etc.
Ecology Comments:
Inventory Comments:Targeted surveys have been extensive in some areas but have not been comprehensive, and much potential habitat remains to be explored.
Inventory Needs:
Version Date:02/02/1999 - 12:00am
whole plant
Photographer: Copyright Gary Monroe, Nevada Native Plant Society
Photo Date:
whole plant with scale
Photographer: Copyright Margaret Williams, Nevada Native Plant Society
Photo Date:
Illustration from Mozingo and Williams, 1980.
Photographer: Yevonn Wilson
Photo Date: 1980