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Grifola gargal Singer

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Scientific name
Grifola gargal
Author
Singer
Common names
 
IUCN Specialist Group
Mushroom, Bracket and Puffball
Kingdom
Fungi
Phylum
Basidiomycota
Class
Agaricomycetes
Order
Polyporales
Family
Meripilaceae
Assessment status
Proposed
Proposed by
Giuliana Furci
Assessors
Jean Berube
Contributors
Giuliana Furci
Comments etc.
Juan Alejandro Mijares pizano

Assessment Status Notes

Taxonomic notes


Why suggested for a Global Red List Assessment?

It is found fruiting on stumps and fallen logs of old Nothofagus obliqua (Roble) in Southern Chile and Argentina. The species is edible and important in indigenous traditional culinary recipes. The host species is aggresively logged for wood, and the native trees are replaced with pine and eucalyptus. The old host trees are now rarely found, and therefore, Grifola gargal is also rarely found. Where it is found, it is harvested.


Geographic range

Found only on Nothofagus obliqua in Región del Bio Bio, Región de la Araucanía, Región de los Lagos and Región de Aysén in Chile. In Argentina near Bariloche.


Population and Trends

Anecdotal information from local communities refer to this food as one they “used to find”. The habitat is restricted to forests with old and large trees Nothofagus obliqua (Roble) trees that are found in remote areas that are receding due to historical and continued logging and ongoing habitat reduction due to anthropic impacts such as road construction, grazing for domestic animals, construction related to electrical power generation.

Population Trend: Deteriorating


Habitat and Ecology

Old and large Nothofagus obliqua trees, dead stumps or trunks. Inaccurately reported on Populus in Argentina (Comm. per. M. Rajchenberg).

Temperate Forest

Threats

Logging for hardwood, habitat loss to give way to introduced pine and eucalypt plantations and continuos harvesting for traditional food use.

Unintentional effects: large scale (species being assessed is not the target) [harvest]

Conservation Actions


Research needed

A study to survey distribution and plan conservation actions is needed.

Population size, distribution & trends

Bibliography


Known distribution - countries

Regional Population and Trends

Country Trend Redlisted