Dichopleuropus spathulatus is a species with an apparent very wide distribution, as it has been found in Singapore, Taiwan, China, the United States of America and Brazil. Even so, it is only known from approximately 6 sites and was mostly documented between its description in 1965 and 1993, with the exception of an observation in 2005. Very little information is available on its habitat preferences and ecology, and more current records are needed to estimate population size and its current distribution. Therefore, the species is assessed as Data Deficient (DD).
Dichopleuropus spathulatus is the type species of the Dichopleuropus monotypic genus (Index Fungorum, 2023). It was described in 1965 and is partly characterized by its microscopic characteristics, namely its hyphal system. (Quin et al. 2009)
Why suggested for a Global Red List Assessment?
This species has been documented in Singapore, Taiwan, the United States of America (Florida) (Wu and Chou, 1995), Brazil (Mato Grosso) (Welden, 1993) and China (Yunnan Province) (Quin et al. 2009).
Population and Trends
D. spathulatus has been found in approximately 6 sites and mostly before 1993 (Wu and Chou, 1995), excluding its most recent documented observation in 2005 (Quin et al. 2009). More current records and information on habitat preferences is needed to estimate its potential distribution, population size and trends.
Population Trend: Uncertain
Habitat and Ecology
D. spathulatus is an annual fungus and has been found growing in the ground (Quin et al. 2009).
Directed search efforts and more research are needed to understand current distribution, habitat preferences and ecology of this species. Molecular analysis could also be useful to confirm its taxonomic position in this monotypic genus.
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