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Acaulospora foveata Trappe & Janos

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Scientific name
Acaulospora foveata
Trappe & Janos
Common names
IUCN Specialist Group
Assessment status
Proposed by
Lilian Araujo Rodrigues
Comments etc.
Lilian Araujo Rodrigues, Leonor Maia

Assessment Notes

Taxonomic notes

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).

Why suggested for a Global Red List Assessment?

We suggest this species to be categorized as Least Concern (LC) due to the several records worldwide.

Geographic range

The species is known in 12 countries.

Population and Trends

A very common species in several countries. It has 63 data according to GBIF when searching Acaulospora foveata.

Population Trend: Uncertain

Habitat and Ecology

In Brazil, the species is found in Caatinga, Amazon, Atlantic Forest and Cerrado.

Subtropical/Tropical Dry ForestSubtropical/Tropical Moist Lowland Forest


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.

Housing & urban areasTourism & recreation areasShifting agriculture

Conservation Actions

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.

Site/area protectionResource & habitat protectionAwareness & communications

Research needed

Other areas should be studied in order to assess the distribution of this species.

TaxonomyPopulation size, distribution & trendsLife history & ecology

Use and Trade




Marinho, F., da Silva, I. R., Oehl, F., & Maia, L. C. 2018. Checklist of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi in tropical forests. Sydowia, 70, 107-127.
Wang, F. Y., & Shi, Z. Y. 2008. Biodiversity of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi in China: a review. Advances in Environmental Biology, 2(1), 31-39.
Cofré, M. N., Soteras, F., del Rosario Iglesias, M., Velázquez, S., Abarca, C., Risio, L., ... & Lugo, M. A. 2019. Biodiversity of Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi in South America: A Review. In Mycorrhizal Fungi in South America (pp. 49-72). Springer, Cham.
Jobim, K., Vista, X. M., & Goto, B. T. 2018. Updates on the knowledge of Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi (Glomeromycotina) in the Atlantic Forest biome–an example of very high species richness in the Brazilian landscape. Mycotaxon, 133(1), 209-209.

Country occurrence

Regional Population and Trends

Country Trend Redlisted