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Chalara alabamensis Morgan-Jones & E.G. Ingram

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Scientific name
Chalara alabamensis
Morgan-Jones & E.G. Ingram
Common names
IUCN Specialist Group
Cup-fungi, Truffles and Allies
Incertae sedis
Incertae sedis
Incertae sedis
Assessment status
Proposed by
Marcela Barbosa
Comments etc.
Marcela Barbosa, Elaine Malosso, David Minter

Assessment Notes

Taxonomic notes

The genus Chalara was described by (Corda) Rabenh. in 1844 and it is compost through 147 species. The species Chalara alabamensis Morgan-Jones & E.G. Ingram features conidiophores macronematous, mononematous, solitary, erect, smooth, simple; phialides lageniform, smooth, base subcylindrical, cylindrical neck, pale brown; phialospore endogenous in chains of mature conidia at the apex, cylindrical, 1-sepate, smooth, hyaline (Morgan-Jones; Ingram, 1976).

Why suggested for a Global Red List Assessment?

The study of conidial fungi in diverse environments can help to expand knowledge of the existing fungi, as well as to improve preservation of these microorganisms.

Geographic range

Distribution: in tropical climate

Population and Trends

Chalara alabamensis is widely distributed in Brazil, except in central-west region. There are records of this species in the Neotropics in plants in decomposing plants as Quercus germana, Quercus sartorii, Liquidambar styraciflua (Heredia, 1993) and in unknown plants of in Ivory Coast (Heredia-Abarca, 1994). Still, has been recorded several times on leaves or wood in terrestrial cases (Rambelli et al. 2004).

Population Trend: Uncertain

Habitat and Ecology

Saprobic on decaying plant debris

Subtropical/Tropical Dry ForestSubtropical/Tropical Moist Lowland Forest



Type Unknown/UnrecordedSoil erosion, sedimentation

Conservation Actions


Site/area protection

Research needed

There are no reports of these species in Europe, Asia and Oceania.

TaxonomyPopulation size, distribution & trends

Use and Trade

Chalara alabamensis was isolated from the host plant Asterogyne mariana (Arecaceae) collected in Costa Rica; dichloromethane extract of the fungus displayed effective antimalarial activity against an essential protein-folding chaperone from Plasmodium falciparum (Cao et al, 2010).

Other chemicalsResearch


Country occurrence

Regional Population and Trends

Country Trend Redlisted