- Scientific name
- Cystoderma carpaticum
- M.M. Moser
- Common names
- IUCN Specialist Group
- Mushroom, Bracket and Puffball
- Assessment status
- Assessment date
- IUCN Red List Category
- IUCN Red List Criteria
- Mešić, A.
- Perini, C.
is a rare European species described 40 years ago (Moser 1979). It is known only from two countries (Croatia and Poland), in areas with continental climate. In southeastern Poland, the species is recorded from two nearby localities in the Carpathian Mountains range (Bieszczady National Park). In Croatia, it was recorded once in Žumberak - Samoborsko gorje Nature Park, and on two occasions on a single locality in Čorkova uvala virgin forest in Plitvice Lakes National Park. There is one unconfirmed record of this species in Slovakia, Prešov Self-Governing Region (Anonymous 2011). It is recorded exclusively in old-growth beech forests (pure or mixed with fir and spruce) and the substrate is very rotten beech wood (both dead standing trees and laying logs). It is suspected that C. carpaticum
occurs in some additional localities covered with old growth beech forests (e.g. in the Balkans, Carpathians, Russia, etc.) since these areas are often poorly explored. Moreover, virgin forests are currently under a threat due to the illegal and commercial logging of large forest areas (EIA report 2015, Sabatini et al
. 2018). It is estimated that C. carpaticum
occurs in five localities in Poland, five localities in Croatia and on 10 undiscovered localities (at most) throughout continental parts of Eastern Europe (Balkans, Carpathians). It is estimated that populations consist of 10 mature individuals in each locality. Based on the projected number of localities (max. 20) and the number of mature individuals present in each locality, the inferred total population of C. carpaticum
is less than 200 mature individuals. This meets the threshold for IUCN category Endangered (EN) D.
It is possible that the number of undiscovered localities is larger than the estimate used here, and hence the population also larger. However, in that case it is also likely that the population would be declining, as in that case the chance of all localities being within protected areas is far lower. In this scenario, the species would probably still qualify as Endangered under Criterion C.
Morphological and phylogenetic analyses (Saar et al
. 2016) based on holotype material and additional collections confirmed that this taxon is a member of the genus Cystoderma
is only known from Europe, two nearby sites in Poland and two sites in Croatia. Two collections from Austria and Czechia identified as C. carpaticum
were revealed to be C. subvinaceum
A.H. Sm. (Saar et al
. 2016). It is potentially found in Slovakia in Prešov Self-Governing Region, but a voucher specimen could not be located to confirm this record .
Population and Trends
Cystoderma carpaticum was first described 40 years ago (Moser 1979) from the type locality in Bieszczady National Park (Poland). The second Polish site with this species was recently discovered near the type locality in the same national park (Kujawa et al. 2016). In Croatia, the species has been found three times in two different localities. It was found at one site in Žumberak - Samoborsko gorje Nature Park, and twice on a single site in Čorkova uvala virgin forest in Plitvice Lakes National Park. In Slovakia (Anonymous 2011) the species is reported in Prešov Self-Governing Region. The Slovakian record has not yet been confirmed because a voucher specimen could not be located (Saar et al. 2016). It is assumed that the known populations of C. carpaticum are currently stable because all sites are located in protected areas.
It is possible that this species occurs in a few additional localities in nature reserves with old-growth beech forests, e.g. in the Balkans, Carpathians, etc. It is estimated that C. carpaticum occurs on five localities in Poland, five localities in Croatia and on 10 undiscovered localities (at most) throughout continental parts of Eastern Europe (Balkans, Carpathians). It is estimated that populations consist of 10 mature individuals in each locality (5 logs each with 2 mature individuals). Based on the projected number of localities (max. 20) and the number of mature individuals present on each locality, the inferred total population of C. carpaticum in Europe is less than 200 mature individuals. This meets the threshold for IUCN category Endangered (EN) D.
Population Trend: stable
Habitat and Ecology
is a wood-decaying fungus growing in autumn on very rotten wood (dead standing trees and fallen logs) of beech (Fagus sylvatica
L.). It has been found in a few European secondary virgin forests in areas with a continental climate. Three sites with C. carpaticum
(one in Croatia and two in Poland) are covered with virgin forests of beech, while one site in Croatia is covered with a mixed virgin forest of beech, fir (Abies alba
), and spruce (Picea abies
). All sites are characterized by a high abundance of old trees, standing dead trees, and fallen logs.
In Europe, forests undisturbed by man account for only 4% of the total forest area (FOREST EUROPE 2015). As far as is known, Cystoderma carpaticum
is an extremely rare species confined to beech forests with three known geographically disjunct populations. All sites are located in European continental virgin forests with beech. It is assumed that populations discovered up until now are more or less stable due to their occurrences within protected areas (national parks and nature reserves). Potential threats to known populations of this species (especially in Poland) are changes of forest management regimes in forest reserves, sanitary and illegal logging, and habitat fragmentation. It is very possible that there are some undiscovered populations of C. carpaticum
in Europe, especially in the Carpathians and Balkans. Some Eastern European countries may still contain relatively large areas of primary forests, but these often remain unmapped and unprotected and are being lost at an alarming rate (Sabatini et al
. 2018). In those regions, virgin forests are under a continuing threat due to the illegal and commercial logging of large forest areas (including virgin forests, e.g. Romania, EIA report 2015). Its habitat type of continental Luzulo-Fagetum beech forest is listed as unfavourable-inadequate in the Habitat Annex I directive (code 9110) (EEA 2019).
The most important conservation measure is strict protection of all known localities with Cystoderma carpaticum
in Croatia and Poland. In these areas, it is necessary to maintain current management regimes that support the survival of virgin beech forests (pure or mixed with fir and spruce). Sanitary or any other logging activity should be strictly forbidden in old growth forests. The establishment of forest buffer zones in areas adjacent to protected old growth forests should be encouraged. Management of buffer zones should promote natural ecosystem processes as much as possible. Furthermore, it is crucial to retain all areas currently covered with old growth beech forests in Europe (especially in the Carpathians and Balkans). The illegal and commercial logging of large forest areas, including virgin forests, was recently carried out in some countries of Eastern Europe (e. g. in Romania, EIA report 2015).
Research needed: it is necessary to conduct research in areas with old-growth beech forests (especially in the Balkans, Carpathians, Russia) to explore the real limits of Cystoderma carpaticum
Use and Trade
This species is not utilized.
Source and Citation
Mešić, A. 2019. Cystoderma carpaticum. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2019: e.T147163725A147862860. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2019-3.RLTS.T147163725A147862860.en
.Accessed on 1 February 2023