This species is known to be distributed throughout the subalpine highland forests in the Yunnan Province of China, and appears to exist entirely under protection of the Bitahai National Natural Reserve. This species is not thought to be threatened as a result, however the species within which it is known to associate, Larix potaninii var. macrocarpa and Picea likiangensis, are both threatened by logging and harvesting. It is thought that this species’ current population is stable, however little information is known regarding specific population details, or the habitat preferences of this species. Until such research is carried out, this species is listed as DD.
Why suggested for a Global Red List Assessment?
The type specimen of this species was located in China, northwestern Yunnan, Shangri La, Bitahai National Natural Reserve on the 9th Sep 2008. Additional specimens of this species have been recorded in China, Northwestern Yunnan, Shangri La, Big Ravine, alt. 3030 m, 16th Sep 2007; and in the Haba Snowy Mountains, alt. 3000 m, 30th Sep 2007. So far, this species is known only from the Shangri-La subalpine area in Northwestern Yunnan, China, and appears to exist solely within the Bitahai National Nature Reserve.
Population and Trends
This species is thought to exist entirely under protection of the Bitahai National Nature Reserve, and so it is reasonable to assume that this species is not significantly threatened at its known localities. Its current population trends are therefore thought to be stable at this time.
Population Trend: Stable
Habitat and Ecology
This species has been found either alone or in groups on the ground in subalpine (>3000m) mixed forests dominated by Larix potaninii var. macrocarpa and Picea likiangensis.
This species is known to be found in subalpine forest dominated by Larix potaninii var. macrocarpa and Picea likiangensis, which are thought to be threatened by logging and harvesting. However, because this species of fungus appears to exist entirely within protected habitat, it does not appear to be significantly threatened.
This species appears to exist within protected habitat already, however further research is needed to confirm its wild population distribution and details, as well as its habitat preferences.
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