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Cordierites acanthophora Samuels & L.M. Kohn

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Scientific name
Cordierites acanthophora
Author
Samuels & L.M. Kohn
Common names
 
IUCN Specialist Group
Cup-fungi, Truffles and Allies
Kingdom
Fungi
Phylum
Ascomycota
Class
Leotiomycetes
Order
Helotiales
Family
Incertae sedis
Assessment status
Under Assessment
Proposed by
Peter Buchanan
Assessors
Peter Buchanan
Editors
Tom May
Contributors
Peter Buchanan
Reviewers
Anders Dahlberg

Assessment Notes

Concentrating on data only at this stage

Taxonomic notes

Accuracy of genus name is in doubt.  Needs DNA sequence data for the New Zealand species to compare with existing data available for the type species (C. guiaensis ex tropical America)


Why suggested for a Global Red List Assessment?

Known only from 3 collections from a single locality (Auckland, 1981, 1982, 1983) from New Zealand. On soil and decaying wood, under Leptospermum. Distinctive, 8 cm high.


Geographic range

All 3 PDD specimens known from a single location in the Waitakere Ranges, north-west of Auckland city, New Zealand.


Population and Trends

Population Trend:


Habitat and Ecology

On soil, possibly associated with Leptospermum spp. (Myrtaceae); potentially ectomycorrhizal?

Temperate Forest

Threats

Dark colour means fruitbody may be macroscopically cryptic.  If its association with Leptspermum is obligate, this would likely assist survival of the fungal species as Leptspermum is now valued for honey production, and the Waitakere Ranges are protected.  But overall forest is being modified by Kauri Dieback disease, caused by Phytophthora agathidicida.  Being close to Auckland city’s expanding western suburbs, the species is also subject to potentially negative human activities.

Recreational activitiesNamed speciesIntroduced genetic materialHabitat shifting & alteration

Conservation Actions

None currently


Research needed

Phylogenetic study to confirm genus placement. Two species of Cordierites have DNA sequences available. Based on the specimens sequenced (neither is the type), the species are not congeneric but probably in the same family (Cordieritidaceae).

TaxonomySpecies Action/Recovery Plan

Use and Trade

None


Bibliography

Samuels, G.J.; Kohn, L.M. 1987[1986] : Ascomycetes of New Zealand. 7. Some bizarre, inoperculate discomycetes. Sydowia 39: 202-216


Known distribution - countries

Regional Population and Trends

Country Trend Redlisted