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Hemitrichia leiocarpa (Cooke) Lister

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Scientific name
Hemitrichia leiocarpa
(Cooke) Lister
Common names
IUCN Specialist Group
Chytrid, Zygomycete, Downy Mildew and Slime Mould
Assessment status
Proposed by
Jaíne Parentes
Comments etc.
Anthony Cavalcanti, Jaíne Parentes

Assessment Notes

Taxonomic notes

Arcyria leiocarpa is a synonym of Hemitrichia leiocarpa and can be easily confused with Arcyria cinerea which is distinguished by ornamentation capilitium examination.

Why suggested for a Global Red List Assessment?

Hemitrichia leiocarpa is recorded in Brazil only in Atlantic Forest, which has its biodiversity threatened. Also, during a century of collections, only 3 records were found in the last 51 years.

Geographic range

Hemitrichia leiocarpa is known in 27 countries. In Brazil it is known in Pernambuco and Alagoas. There are 10 occurrences on GBIF from Pernambuco, but it is actually represent 10 records of only one sample, which is preserved in BPI herbarium (Bezerra et al., 2009, Cavalcanti, 2010), and 02 records from Alagoas (unpublished).

Population and Trends

Brazil has three records of Hemitrichia leiocarpa, one in Pernambuco in 1968 and two in Alagoas in 2019. Hemitrichia leiocarpa is considered a rare species (Martin & Alexopoulos, 1969, Stephenson, 2011).

Population Trend: Uncertain

Habitat and Ecology

In Brazil this species is found in leaf litter and decomposing trunk.

Subtropical/Tropical Moist Lowland ForestSubtropical/Tropical Moist Montane Forest


Hemitrichia leiocarpa in Brazil is recorded only in the Atlantic Forest, which has been losing its biological diversity resulting in species extinction.

Housing & urban areasCommercial & industrial areasShifting agricultureAgro-industry farmingSmall-holder plantationsAgro-industry plantationsRoads & railroadsIntentional use (species being assessed is the target)Intentional use (species being assessed is the target)Intentional use: subsistence/small scale (species being assessed is the target) [harvest]Intentional use: large scale (species being assessed is the target) [harvest]Increase in fire frequency/intensityAcid rainHabitat shifting & alterationDroughtsTemperature extremesStorms & flooding

Conservation Actions

Of the 3 records, 1 was in unprotected area.

Resource & habitat protectionSite/area managementFormal education

Research needed

More researches in Brazil are necessary concerning field collection and moist chamber techniques using various types of substrate.

TaxonomyPopulation size, distribution & trendsArea-based Management Plan

Use and Trade




Country occurrence

Regional Population and Trends

Country Trend Redlisted