Gigaspora albida can be separated from G. gigantea (Nicol. & Gerd.) Gerd. & Trappe by its generally smaler spores and very light tint of green (Shenck; Smith, 1882).
We suggest this species to be categorized as Least Concern (LC).
This species is known in 7 countries.
There are about 5 records in 4 countries in GBIF. However, it can be found in other countries too.
Population Trend: Uncertain
In Brazil the species is found in the Atlantic Forest, Caatinga and Cerrado.
This species can be found in Brazilian Tropical rainforest and Tropical Dry Forest. These forests currently have higher rates of deforestation, especially the Atlantic Forest, which is considered a hotspot.
This species is well multiplied in trap culture, which may help in the maintenance of this species in the future.
Other areas should be studied in order to assess the distribution of this species.
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