Bondarwezia loguerciae

22/12/2023 18:06

Bondarwezia loguerciae. Photo: MIND.Funga.

Bondarwezia loguerciae is a wood inhabiting fungal species exclusively associated with Drimys angustifolia  live and dead standing individuals. The species is considered endemic to cloud forests areas within southeastern Brazil, above 1000 m.a.s.l. In addition, B. loguerciae is considered rare, as it produces conspicuous basidiomata and, despite long time sampling efforts (since 2011) in the species known occurrence area, there are only then collections. These as distributed along Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul states, within São Joaquim National Park and São Francisco de Paula National Park, respectively. Based on the species host distribution and requirements, it is expected that B. loguerciae occurs also in São Paulo and Minas Gerais states. The species population and habitat are threatened mainly by climate change and anthropogenic disturbances, such as cattle grazing, invasive species introduction, fire and land use change. As cloud forests are fragile due to its dependence on specific microclimate conditions and natural fragmentation, in conjunction with threats to the species and its habitat, it is suspected that B. loguerciae will suffer a 60-80% population reduction in the next 50 years, being assessed as Critically Endangered under IUCN criteria (A3c).



B. loguerciae distribution map.


Kossmann, T., Alves-Silva, G., Bittencourt, F., Salvador Montoya, C.A., Funez, L., Werner, D. & Rajchenberg, M. 2023. Bondarzewia sp. nov. ‘loguerciae’. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2023: e.T245801951A245801953. Accessed on 22 December 2023.