The species is usually recognized in the field due to its distinct black cuticle and the dark brown pileus, tubes and context. Phylogenetic studies have shown that Ganoderma australe is a large complex, probably formed by several species (Kaliyaperumal et al. 2008; Moncalvo et al. 2007).
Why suggested for a Global Red List Assessment?
Species distributed in several countries, mostly recorded in Brazil, Australia and UK.
Population and Trends
A very common species in several countries.
Population Trend: Uncertain
Habitat and Ecology
This species occurs in five Brazilian biomes: Amazon, Cerrado, Pampa, Atlantic Forest and Caatinga.
It presents no evident threat, being very common at least in Brazil. However, it is found in the Atlantic Forest, a hotspot, in the Amazonia (currently being deforested at the highest rates in the last decades) and Cerrado (also a hotspot). Also, Caatinga is threatened with desertification.
Housing & urban areasShifting agricultureAgro-industry farmingSmall-holder plantationsAgro-industry plantationsRoads & railroadsUnintentional effects (species being assessed is not the target)Unintentional effects (species being assessed is not the target)Increase in fire frequency/intensityHabitat shifting & alteration
Most occurrences are in protected areas.
Resource & habitat protectionHabitat & natural process restoration
Ganoderma australe seems to be a large complex, probably formed by several species, thus DNA analyses is desirable (Kaliyaperumal et al. 2008; Moncalvo et al. 2007).
TaxonomyPopulation size, distribution & trends
Use and Trade
The species has potential for bioremediation and has antimicrobial properties.