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Scutellospora pellucida (T.H. Nicolson & N.C. Schenck) C. Walker & F.E. Sanders

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Scientific name
Scutellospora pellucida
(T.H. Nicolson & N.C. Schenck) C. Walker & F.E. Sanders
Common names
IUCN Specialist Group
Assessment status
Proposed by
Lilian Araujo Rodrigues
Comments etc.
Lilian Araujo Rodrigues

Assessment Notes

Taxonomic notes

Cetraspora pellucida previously assigned as Scutellospora pellucida is recognized by spores with the germination shield multiply-lobed (Oehl et al., 2008).

Why suggested for a Global Red List Assessment?

We suggest this species to be categorized as Least Concern (LC).

Geographic range

The species is known in 6 countries. The valid species and its synonym have different occurrence data, Cetraspora pellucida with 23 occurrences and Scutellospora pellucida with 40 occurrences (GBIF).

Population and Trends

There are about 63 records in 6 countries (GBIF), a very common species in several countries.

Population Trend: Uncertain

Habitat and Ecology

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

Subtropical/Tropical Dry ForestSubtropical/Tropical Moist Lowland Forest


It presents no evident threat. However, it is found in the Atlantic Forest, a hotspot, in the Amazonia and Cerrado (also a hotspot). Also, Caatinga is threatened with desertification.

Housing & urban areasShifting agricultureAgro-industry grazing, ranching or farmingUnintentional effects (species being assessed is not the target)Intentional use: large scale (species being assessed is the target) [harvest]

Conservation Actions

Most records are in area with native vegetation of Brazil. The isolation of this fungus in controlled condition represents an advance for the conservation of this species.

Resource & habitat protectionHabitat & natural process restorationAwareness & communications

Research needed

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

TaxonomyPopulation size, distribution & trends

Use and Trade




Oehl F, de Souza FA, Sieverding E. 2008. Revision of Scutellospora and description of five new genera and three new families in the arbuscular mycorrhiza-forming Glomeromycetes. Mycotaxon 106:311–360.
Yano-Melo, A. M., & Maia, L. C. (2010). Checklist of the arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (Glomeromycota) in the Brazilian semiarid. Mycotaxon, 113, 251-254.
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.
Wang, F. Y., & Shi, Z. Y. (2008). Biodiversity of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi in China: a review. Advances in Environmental Biology, 2(1), 31-39.

Country occurrence

Regional Population and Trends

Country Trend Redlisted