Cetraspora pellucida previously assigned as Scutellospora pellucida is recognized by spores with the germination shield multiply-lobed (Oehl et al., 2008).
We suggest this species to be categorized as Least Concern (LC).
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).
There are about 63 records in 6 countries (GBIF), a very common species in several countries.
Population Trend: Uncertain
In Brazil the species is common in Amazon, Atlantic Forest, Caatinga, Cerrado and Pantanal.
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.
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.
Other areas should be studied in order to assess the distribution of this species.
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