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Mycetinis applanatipes (Desjardin) A.W. Wilson & Desjardin

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Scientific name
Mycetinis applanatipes
(Desjardin) A.W. Wilson & Desjardin
Common names
IUCN Specialist Group
Mushroom, Bracket and Puffball
Assessment status
Proposed by
Noah Siegel
Comments etc.
Noah Siegel

Assessment Notes

Taxonomic notes

Described as Marasmius applanatipes from a collection made at Yuba Pass, in Sierra County, California, USA (Desjardin 1987).  Later transferred to the genus Mycetinis (Wilson & Desjardin 2005).

Why suggested for a Global Red List Assessment?

Mycetinis applanatipes is a small mushroom occurring on fir duff in high elevation forests of California and Oregon, USA.

Currently known from 11 disjunct locations, despite being surveyed for in Oregon and the Cascade Range in California since the late 1990’s. This species appears be sensitive to disturbance, but data to assess trends is lacking.

Geographic range

Known from high elevation forests in the Sierra Nevada and Cascade Range into central Oregon. There is a single highly disjunct report from British Columbia, Canada; this collection should be critically compared with CA and OR records.

Population and Trends

Currently known from 11 disjunct locations over a widespread area. This species has been surveyed for as part of the Northwest Forest Plan (Castellano et al. 1999) since the late 1990’s; despite this, only six collections have been made in that time. Vast areas of appropriate substrate are found in the California mountains, but other factors determining suitable habitat are unknown. Fruiting periodicity is unknown, and data regarding other life history traits relevant to dispersal are also lacking.

Two known sites in California were machine thinned, and it has not been found since at these locations (Dennis Desjardin personal communication).

Population Trend: Uncertain

Habitat and Ecology

Saprobic. Scattered to gregarious, often in small fused clusters, on conifer duff and needles. Most collections come from Red Fir (Abies magnifica) forest. Typically found in high elevation forests above 2000 m.

Temperate Forest


Too little is known about this species to make conjectures regarding threats (if any). More basic biodiversity data for this species needs to be gathered to make an assessment.

Large scale disturbances like logging or machine thinning are likely detrimental.

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

Conservation Actions

This species is included on the United States Forest Service Northwest Forest Plan Survey and Manage list (as Marasmius applanatipes) of rare/old growth forests dependent fungi, and has been actively surveyed for since the late 1990’s. (Castellano et al. 1999).

Limit logging and machine thinning in and near known populations.

Research needed

Detailed habitat information are needed to properly assess the geographic range and habitat preferences of this species. Long term responses to disturbances due to logging, and low to high intensity fires.

Population size, distribution & trendsLife history & ecology

Use and Trade

None known.


Castellano, M.A., Smith, J.E., O’Dell, T., Cázares, E. and Nugent, S. 1999. Handbook to Strategy 1 Fungal Species in the Northwest Forest Plan. U. S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station: Portland, OR. 195 p.

Desjardin, D.E. 1987. New and noteworthy marasmioid fungi from California. Mycologia 79: 123–134.

Desjardin, D.E. 1987. The Agaricales (Gilled Fungi) of California 7. Tricholomataceae I. Marasmioid Fungi: The Genera Baeospora, Crinipellis, Marasmiellus, Marasmius, Micromphale, and Strobilurus. Mad River Press, Eureka, CA.

Desjardin, D.E., Wood, M.G. and Stevens, F.A. 2015. California Mushrooms: The Comprehensive Identification Guide. Timber Press, Portland, OR.

MyCoPortal. 2021. http://mycoportal.org/portal/index.php. Accessed on February 21.

Siegel, N., Vellinga, E.C., Schwarz, C., Castellano, M.A. and Ikeda, D. 2019. A Field Guide to the Rare Fungi of California’s National Forests. Bookmobile: Minneapolis, MN. 313 p.

Wilson, A.W. and Desjardin, D.E. 2005. Phylogenetic relationships in the gymnopoid and marasmioid fungi (Basidiomycetes, euagarics clade). Mycologia 97: 667–679.

Country occurrence

Regional Population and Trends

Country Trend Redlisted