In early 2016 distinguished from the eastern species Neoalbatrellus caeruleoporus (Audet & Luther, 2016); existing records in databases such as Mycoportal.org are easily assigned to either species based on distribution.
The eastern species seems to be more often recorded than the western species.
This charismatic blue mushroom species is restricted in its distribution to the coastal areas of western North America from British Columbia into northern California, and fruits irregularly.
coastal regions of British Columbia and Vancouver Island (Canada) southwards into Mendocino County in California (USA).
Known from a few sites in British Columbia, five in Washington, three in Oregon and at least two in coastal California (Audet & Luther, 2016; Castellano et al., 1999; own observations).
Terrestrial, presumably forming ectomycorrhiza with (young) Tsuga,
Listed as a Strategy 1 Fungal species in the Northwest Forest Plan (Castellano et al., 1999) (as Albatrellus caeruleoporus).
Audet, S., Luther B.S., 2016. Neoalbatrellus subcaeruleoporus sp. nov. (Scutigeraceae) from western North America. Mycotaxon 130: 1191–1202. http://dx.doi.org/10.5248/130.1191
Castellano, M.A., J.E. Smith, T. O’Dell, E. Cazares & S. Nugent, 1999. Handbook to Strategy 1 Fungal Species in the Northwest Forest Plan. PNW-GTR-476.