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Nigrospora sphaerica (Sacc.) E.W. Mason
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- Scientific name
- Nigrospora sphaerica
- (Sacc.) E.W. Mason
- Common names
- IUCN Specialist Group
- Cup-fungi, Truffles and Allies
- Incertae sedis
- Assessment status
- Proposed by
- Comments etc.
- Anthony Cavalcanti
Nigrospora sphaerica produces single-celled, black, spherical to subspherical conidia, carried in a hyaline vesicle at the tip of
each conidiophore (Alam et al., 2018).
Why suggested for a Global Red List Assessment?
Due to the several records worldwide, I suggest this species to be categorized as Least Concern.
It is a common species, with records in 23 countries.
Population and Trends
Nigrospora sphaerica has a wide distribution with about 77 records.
Habitat and Ecology
Subtropical/Tropical Dry ForestSubtropical/Tropical Moist Lowland ForestSubtropical/Tropical Mangrove Forest Vegetation Above High Tide LevelSubtropical/Tropical Moist Montane Forest
In Brazil, Nigrospora sphaerica is found as an endophyte of Atlantic Forest plants and a phytopathogen in some commercial crops.
Housing & urban areasCommercial & industrial areas
It is a common species in several countries, presenting no apparent threats.
Site/area protectionResource & habitat protection
Many of the records in Brazil are in unprotected areas.
TaxonomyPopulation size, distribution & trendsLife history & ecology
Other biomes must be studied to assess the distribution of this species.
Use and Trade
Medicine - human & veterinary
The species shows good results in the production of vinblastine, an alkaloid with antitumor properties (Ayob et al., 2017).
Regional Population and Trends