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Phellinus linteus (Berk. & M.A. Curtis) Teng

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Scientific name
Phellinus linteus
(Berk. & M.A. Curtis) Teng
Common names
IUCN Specialist Group
Mushroom, Bracket and Puffball
Assessment status
Proposed by
Virton Rodrigo Targino de Oliveira
Comments etc.
Tatiana Gibertoni, Virton Rodrigo Targino de Oliveira

Assessment Notes

Taxonomic notes

This species is currently Tropicoporus linteus and part of the large Phellinus linteus complex. Several species with morphological similarities are part of this complex and molecular analyses are necessary for its resolution. In recent years, phylogeny has helped to solve the complex (Zhou et al. 2016).

Why suggested for a Global Red List Assessment?

Geographic range

The species is known in 21 countries. About 1/3 of the records are in Brazil. There are two entries for the species in GBIF.

Population and Trends

There are about 185 records in 21 countries, 51 in Brazil. There are two entries for the species in GBIF.

Population Trend: Uncertain

Habitat and Ecology

In Brazil the species is found mainly in Amazonia, Atlantic Forest, Caatinga and Cerrado.

Subtropical/Tropical Moist Lowland ForestDry SavannaSubtropical/Tropical Dry Shrubland


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, and Caatinga is threatened by desertification.

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

Conservation Actions

Some records in Brazil are in unprotected areas.

Resource & habitat protectionSite/area managementHabitat & natural process restoration

Research needed

Other areas should be studied in order to assess the distribution of this species and molecular analyses are needed to solve the species complex.

TaxonomyPopulation size, distribution & trendsArea-based Management Plan

Use and Trade

The species has medicinal importance (Zhu et al., 2008)



Country occurrence

Regional Population and Trends

Country Trend Redlisted