This species is known only from its type collection, made in Argentina, between Confluencia and Route 234, as described in Petersen and Mueller 1992. Further information regarding any current populations of this species appears to be lacking. Although it is known that the type specimen of this species was found growing along a steep road bank in bare soil, within mature moist Nothofagus dombeyi forest, at an altitude of 900-950m, nothing is known of the preferences of any existing present day populations. Furthermore, if any wild populations exist at this species’ only known locality, they may be threatened by collections, logging, and non-timber agriculture. Until further research is carried out to address the deficiencies in data regarding this species, this species is listed as DD.
Why suggested for a Global Red List Assessment?
The only information available regarding the distribution of this species comes from its type specimen collection. This specimen was located in Argentina, between Confluencia and Route 234, approximately 10km east of Route 234 at Paso El Portezuelo (Petersen and Mueller 1992). This specimen is preserved by the Field Museum of Natural History (Botany) Lichen Collection (information provided by gbif, citation needed).
Population and Trends
This species is thought to exist under preservation, however if any wild populations exist at its known locality, they could be significantly threatened. Further research is needed to confirm this claim, and so at this time, this species’ population trends are uncertain.
Population Trend: Uncertain
Habitat and Ecology
The type specimen of this species was found growing along a steep road bank in bare soil, within mature moist Nothofagus dombeyi forest, at an altitude of 900-950m (Petersen and Mueller 1992).
Subtropical/Tropical Moist Lowland Forest
The only known specimen of this species exists under preservation, however if any wild populations of this species exist at its known locality, they could be threatened by human disturbance for collection, as well as logging, and non-timber agriculture. Nothophagus dombeyi, associating with this fungus, is not thought to be threatened, listed as LC by the IUCN.
This species appears to exist under preservation, however its known habitat is thought to be under threat. Protection of this habitat is recommended.
Resource & habitat protection
Further research is needed to confirm this species’ presence at its known locality, to confirm its habitat preferences, and to better assess the threats acting on this species, in order to accurately classify this species.
Population size, distribution & trendsLife history & ecologyThreats