Acaulospora foveata can be differentiated from A. lacunosa (Morton 1986) and all other known ‘pitted’ Acaulospora spp. by having substantially bigger spores as summarized in an overview for all Acaulospora spp. in recent published identication keys (Błaszkowski, 2012; Oehl et al., 2012).
We suggest this species to be categorized as Least Concern (LC) due to the several records worldwide.
The species is known in 12 countries.
A very common species in several countries. It has 63 data according to GBIF when searching Acaulospora foveata.
Population Trend: Uncertain
In Brazil, the species is found in Caatinga, Amazon, Atlantic Forest and Cerrado.
In Brazil, Acaulospora foveata can be found in Tropical rainforest and Tropical Dry Forest, forests that have high rates of anthropic disturbance, such as deforestation.
Some records in Brazil are in unprotected areas. The isolation of this fungus in controlled condition represents an advance for the conservation of this species.
Other areas should be studied in order to assess the distribution of this species.
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