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Clathrus madagascariensis Bouriquet

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Scientific name
Clathrus madagascariensis
Common names
IUCN Specialist Group
Mushroom, Bracket and Puffball
Assessment status
Under Assessment
Proposed by
Patrice Ravonjiarisoa
Patrice Ravonjiarisoa
Thomas Læssøe
Comments etc.
Anders Dahlberg

Assessment Status Notes

Taxonomic notes

Why suggested for a Global Red List Assessment?

It is an endemic species of Madagascar found firstly in a humid forest at Boina region, in the West part of Madagascar. As an hotspot in the world, the conservation of all biodiversity component is urgent. Its conservation needs current and complete data.  Although, there are no information or data about some taxa like Clathrus madagascariensis, an unique and wonderfull species. It is important to consider this species because it contribute to rise the malagasy scientific attention to study and elaborate a plan for its conservation and all Fungi taxa later. Also, it is an opportunity to rise the public awareness for Fungi in general and this species in particular. As It is a source of food of some flies and insects and part of a food chain, it has an important role to play in the forest ecosystem.

Geographic range

The species was found firstly in a humid forest at Boina region in 1907. Since that time any mycologist did not notice its presence there or somewhere else,  in another biodiversity site.

Population and Trends

We have no information about its global status

Population Trend:

Habitat and Ecology

Clathrus madagascariensis was found on soil in a rotten wood in the humid forest in the North West part of Madagascar.


Degradation of soil, habitat loss, overexploitation of natural resources and natural disasters are the main threats of this biodiversity site.

Conservation Actions

New protected area was created in this region of Madagascar, the Complex Mahavavy Kinkony.  Mahavavy Kinkony is in the category V according to the IUCN classification. The conservation of the New Protected Area is provided by Asity Madagascar since 2002 and aims to conserve the biodiversity and the sustanaible management of the wetlands.

Research needed

Current status about its biology, population, ecology, and habitat are needed. We need to carry out investigations of this species in another humid forest of Madagascar, such as in the East coast.

Use and Trade


- Bouriquet G. (1970).Principaux Champignons de Madagascar. Nouvelle Edition, p 31

-  Jumelle, H. et H. Perrier de la Bathie. (1907), Notes sur la flore du Nord-Ouest de Madagascar. (Ann. du Musée Colonial de Marseille. XV. p. 363-366)

- Nina L. MARSHALL. (1920), the mushroom book. Garden City New York DOUBLEDAY, PAGE & COMPANY. p 121

Known distribution - countries

Regional Population and Trends

Country Trend Redlisted