Trametes cubensis resembles T. suaveolens Fr., the type species of the genus Trametes Fr. in that both are trimitic in construction; but they differ in many important character. The basidioma of the former is composed of thin- and thick-walled generative hyphae, subhyaline to pale brown skeletal and binding hyphae, while in the basidioma of the latter, generative hyphae are thin walled and both skeletal and binding hyphae are hyaline. Moreover, T. cubensis does not produce extracellular oxidase in culture and is bipolar, while T. suaveolens produces extracellular oxidase in culture and is tetrapolar (Roy 1982, Justo & Hibbett 2011).
Why suggested for a Global Red List Assessment?
Is a common species and can be found in many countries. Most records are in the USA and Brazil.
Population and Trends
There are about 450 records in 29 countries, about half of them in the USA and in Brazil.
Population Trend: Uncertain
Habitat and Ecology
In Brazil the species can be found in Amazonia, Atlantic Forest and Cerrado.
The species is well distributed in Brazil. However, the Amazon has currently the highest rates of deforestation in the last decades and the Atlantic Forest and Cerrado are already hotspots.
Housing & urban areasShifting agricultureAgro-industry farmingSmall-holder plantationsAgro-industry plantationsRoads & railroadsUnintentional effects (species being assessed is not the target)Unintentional effects: subsistence/small scale (species being assessed is not the target) [harvest]Unintentional effects: large scale (species being assessed is not the target) [harvest]Increase in fire frequency/intensityHabitat shifting & alteration
Some records in Brazil are in unprotected areas.
Resource & habitat protectionSite/area managementHabitat & natural process restoration
Other areas should be studied in order to assess the distribution of this species.
TaxonomyPopulation size, distribution & trendsArea-based Management Plan
Use and Trade
The species has economic importance (food) (Boa, 2004).