Dentipellopsis dacrydiicola is a resupinate hydnoid fungi found in Hainan in China. It was described in 2013 and has not been documented in the literature since. If Dacrydium pectinatum is confirmed as its only host, D. dacrydiicola may qualify for a threatened category, but more search efforts and information on its habitat preferences are needed to estimate population size and distribution. For now the species is assessed as Data Deficient (DD).
Described for the first time in 2013 as Dentipellopsis dacrydicola. The Dentipellopsis genus was established based on the morphological characteristics of this species and phylogenetic analysis. It belongs to the Russalales order, but the position at family level is not yet clear. (Zhou and Dai, 2013)
Why suggested for a Global Red List Assessment?
Described for the Bawangling Nature Reserve in the Hainan island province of China.
Population and Trends
D. dacrydiicola has only been documented once, in one location. More information and searching efforts are needed to determine whether the population size is truly small, and with a restricted distribution, or if the species has been overlooked.
Population Trend: Uncertain
Habitat and Ecology
D. dacrydiicola is a resupinate and annual fungi, that grows on rotting wood. It was found in the Bawangling National Nature Reserve, which harbours tropical rain forest. Zhou and Dai (2013) stated that the type specimens grew on wood from the species Dacrydium pierrei (=Dacrydium elatum), but the tree is not described for Hainan. Records from this region are usually attributed to Dacrydium pectinatum instead (Thomas, 2013).
It is possible that this fungus was found growing on rotting wood of the species Dacrydium pectinatum, which has been assessed as Endangered in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (Luscombe et al 2013). If it is established that D. dacrydiicola grows exclusively on this tree, habitat decline could present a threat, but more information is needed.
Specimens were found on the Bawangling National Nature Reserve.
Given that there is just one record, search efforts are needed to establish whether this species has been overlooked or if it is potentially rare. More information on habitat preferences is also needed to help establish distribution and possible threats.
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