Burgellopsis nivea has been recorded only from one locality in Scotland. Its host species, crustose lichen, is widespread and there is no data indicating a population decline. We recommend this species be categorized as least concern (LC).
This species is thought to be related to Burgella clade but lacks support. Microscopic analysis of Burgellopsis nivea show differences between the two genera suggesting the need for the new genus, Burgellopsis (Lawrey et al, 2014).
Why suggested for a Global Red List Assessment?
EDGE Species 2022
This species is known only from East Lothian, Scotland in the Lammermuir Hills (Lawrey et al, 2014).
Population and Trends
There is no current information about population size or trends of this species. However, this species was found on crustose saxicolous lichen which is widespread.
Population Trend: Uncertain
Habitat and Ecology
This species develops bulbils over the thallus of a sterile crustose lichen or between thalline squamules (Lawrey et al. 2014). The substratum, in the case of this occurrence scree, and species have no visible interaction, and no mycelium has been observed. The species could be considered facultatively lichenicolous (Lawrey et al. 2014).
Population size, distribution & trendsLife history & ecology