Keystone Species—Pima County

According to the Sonoran Desert Conservation Plan, opens a new window, "Keystone Species are species who enrich ecosystem function in a unique and significant manner through their activities, and the effect is disproportionate to their numerical abundance. Their removal initiates changes in ecosystem structure and often loss of diversity. These keystones may be habitat modifiers (e.g. cottonwoods, rushes and ironwood), keystone predators (e.g. puma and coyote) or keystone herbivores (e.g. prairie dog and beaver)."

A partial list of keystone species includes:

Freemont Cottonwood
Saguaro Cactus
Velvet Mesquite


Keystone Species, opens a new window | Sonoran Desert Conservation Plan, opens a new window

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