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Scutellospora coralloidea (Trappe, Gerd. & I. Ho) C. Walker & F.E. Sanders

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Scientific name
Scutellospora coralloidea
(Trappe, Gerd. & I. Ho) C. Walker & F.E. Sanders
Common names
IUCN Specialist Group
Assessment status
Proposed by
Joana Veras
Comments etc.
Leonor Maia, Joana Veras

Assessment Notes

Taxonomic notes

Scutellospora coralloidea was proposed as obligate synonyme of Racocetra coralloidea (Trappe, Gerd. & I. Ho) Oehl, F.A. Souza & Sieverd. (see Oehl et al. 2008). This name is listed in Mycobank.

Why suggested for a Global Red List Assessment?

Considering the common record of this species in different ecosystems and countries I suggest its classification as LC.

Geographic range

Records of this species in GBIF shows occurrence only in Brazil and Argentina, but
the original description is from the United States.

Population and Trends

Population Trend: Uncertain

Habitat and Ecology

In Brazil, this species is found in different Brazilian biomes: Cerrado, Atlantic rainforest and Caatinga.

Subtropical/Tropical Dry ForestSubtropical/Tropical Moist Lowland ForestMoist Savana


As mandatory symbionts, the threats that affect its hosts (plants) will eventually affect the associated arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi. However, due to the registration of Scutellospora coralloidea in different environments, including contaminated ones, it may be an indication that this species is more resistant to human disturbances.

Housing & urban areas

Conservation Actions

The development of necessary actions for the conservation of this species means a response in the search for the improvement of the environmental quality and reduction of the anthropic pressures on the plants and the soil.

Site/area protectionResource & habitat protection

Research needed

Further studies on the ecology of fungi are needed, seeking to understand how mycorrhizal fungi relate to each other, to the host and to the environment.

TaxonomyPopulation size, distribution & trendsPopulation trends

Use and Trade


MAIA, Leonor Costa et al. Species diversity of Glomeromycota in Brazilian biomes. Sydowia, v. 72, p. 181-205, 2020.

Country occurrence

Regional Population and Trends

Country Trend Redlisted