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Craterium leucocephalum var. leucocephalum (Pers.) Ditmar

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Scientific name
Craterium leucocephalum var. leucocephalum
(Pers.) Ditmar
Common names
IUCN Specialist Group
Chytrid, Zygomycete, Downy Mildew and Slime Mould
Assessment status
Proposed by
Jaíne Parentes
Comments etc.
Jaíne Parentes

Assessment Notes

Taxonomic notes

Craterium leucocephalum is the accepted name for all varieties of the species (Lado, 2020). The species is recognized by its “cyatiform” sporangium, white in the upper portion, and yellow in the lower half and its circumcised dehiscence.

Why suggested for a Global Red List Assessment?

Although to be a well distributed species, in Brazil this species need attention because many records are from endangered biomes. Thus, I suggest this species to be categorized in Least Concern

Geographic range

Craterium leucocephalum is known in 71 countries. In Brazil, it is known in 16 of 26 states.

Population and Trends

There are about 3097 records in 71 countries, 225 records are from Brazil.

Population Trend: Uncertain

Habitat and Ecology

In Brazil this species can be found on forest floor leaf litter in disturbed and protected areas, Amazon and Atlantic forest, savanna, caatinga and riparian forest.

Subtropical/Tropical Moist Lowland ForestSubtropical/Tropical Moist Montane ForestDry SavannaMoist SavanaSubtropical/Tropical Dry Shrubland


The specie is well distributed in Brazil, mostly in northeast region, it is present in Amazon, caatinga, savanna and Atlantic forest which have been losing its biological diversity due to deforestation, agricultural activities and urbanization.

Housing & urban areasCommercial & industrial areasShifting agricultureAgro-industry farmingRoads & railroadsIntentional use (species being assessed is the target)Intentional use: subsistence/small scale (species being assessed is the target) [harvest]Intentional use: large scale (species being assessed is the target) [harvest]Increase in fire frequency/intensityAcid rainHabitat shifting & alterationDroughtsTemperature extremesStorms & flooding

Conservation Actions

Some of the records in Brazil are in unprotected areas.

Resource & habitat protectionSite/area managementHabitat & natural process restorationFormal education

Research needed

More researches in Brazil are necessary, concernig field collection and moist chamber techniques using various types of substrate.

TaxonomyPopulation size, distribution & trendsArea-based Management Plan

Use and Trade




Country occurrence

Regional Population and Trends

Country Trend Redlisted