Fibroporia albicans was originally described in 2015 from China. The small genera belongs to a group of fine pored crust-like fungi of the Fomitopsidaceae family.
Why suggested for a Global Red List Assessment?
Fibroporia albicans is a crust-like soft fine-pored sporocarp from subtropical forest, decomposing pine trees. It has a scattered occurrence with five records from China and one from Lao PDR in the period from 2008 to 2018, The continued wood collection activities in pine forests poses a threat to this rare species. It is assessed as …………under ….. due to a globally very small and restricted population.
In China, the fungus is recorded from Tibet as well as from Jangxi province in the south-western part of China. In Laos, only one record from Xieng Khouang province.
Population and Trends
First record from China is 2008 with very few records in subsequent years. The Lao record is from 2018. Web searches do not avail additional records. Due to the general high demand for pine timber, it is likely to Fibroporia albicans remains very rare and with a negative population trend.
Habitat and Ecology
In China, Fibroporia albicans are recorded on decomposed pine trees causing brown rot. In Laos it was found on Pinus kesiya at 1,150 masl. at the later part of the rainy season. The temperate to subtropical climate Xieng Khouang province in Laos has a 40% forest cover dominated by conifers, especially in yellow red lateritic soils of the province.
Subtropical/Tropical Dry Forest
High demand for pine wood for fuel and other purposes combined with climate change cause a threat to Fibroporia albicans.
Shifting agricultureSmall-holder farming
So far, no conservation actions have been implemented. Encourage villagers to leave some wood in the forest and or establish smaller conservation zones in their community forest.
Research is needed to fully understand the impact of heavy pine wood collection and climate change to the occurrences of Fibroporia albicans.
Use and Trade
None. But indirectly the pine wood is used for firewood and utensils.