Catatrama costaricensis Franco-Molano, gen. et sp. nov. Mycologia, 83(4), 1991, pp. 501-505.
Currently under Amanitaceae, but described in original paper as Tricholomataceae.
Catatrama costarricenses is a very rare mushroom species with restricted distribution in Colombia and Costa Rica where very few basidiocarps were found. It has been reported from india but the identification is not confirmed.
Based on the host distribution, its restricted habitat and the small number of known collections, and suspected population decline, this species could be listed as endangered under criterion C, but because of high uncertainty about actual distribution and number is considered NT
So far, species has been found in a single location with a few basidiocarps in Brazil and Costa Rica. It has been reported from india (Vrinda et al 2000), but identification of the species is not confirmed.
In Costa Rica specimens were collected at Provincia Punta Arenas: Finca las Alturas, northwestern boundary with the buffer zone of Parque La Amistad, forest of Quercus pilarius, 1600-1700 m, 7 Nov 1989.
Extensively search to find specimens of this species have been done in Brasil and Costa Rica.
This specie’s habitat is threatened and sampling efforts have proven to be unsuccessful when visiting the type locality. This probably indicates that the specie’s population is declining.
Population Trend: Deteriorating
On soil, forest of Quercus pilarius, 1600-1700 m elevation in Costa Rica. Solitary, on rotten wood in a tropical forest in Brazil. The habitat in India is unknown.
Very few basidiocarps of this species have been found in restricted localities
The type locality for this species is a protected area in Costa Rica.
To know the biology, ecology and distribution of the species more field work and confirmation of its presence in India, are neccesary.
Franco-Molano AE. (1991). “Catatrama (Tricholomataceae), a new genus from Costa Rica”. Mycologia 83 (4): 501–505
Wartchow F, Putzke J, Cavalcanti MAQ. (2007). “Catatrama costaricensis (Agaricales): a strange lepotioid fungus is found in South America”. Mycotaxon 101: 35–39.
Vrinda, K. B.; Pradeep, C. K.; Mathew, Sibi; Abraham, T. K., 2000: Catatrama , a genus new to India. Persoonia. 17(3): 495-496