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.
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.
We have no information about its global status
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.
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.
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.
- 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