- Scientific name
- Cantharellus persicinus
- R.H. Petersen
- Common names
- IUCN Specialist Group
- Mushroom, Bracket and Puffball
- Assessment status
- Assessment date
- IUCN Red List Category
- Siegel, N.
- Dahlberg, A.
is a widely distributed chanterelle in eastern USA, but with a limited number of records. However, many reported collections of C. persicinus
are the pink or peach forms of C. velutinus
. There is only a poor knowledge of the full distribution, abundance, trend and ecology of the species, but based on the range and the fact that it comes from a habitat that appears to not be under significant threat, C. persicinus
is tentatively assessed as Least Concern here, but further work is encouraged.
was described from Tennessee, USA (Petersen 1985). Cantharellus spectaculus
(Foltz et al.
2013), described from Wisconsin, is a synonym (Buyck et al
. 2016a). The name C. persicinus
has been misapplied to the pink or peach forms of C. velutinus
(Buyck et al.
2016b) in field guides (e.g. Roody 2003) and online platforms such as iNaturalist, Mushroom Observer, and MyCoPortal (2021), and Mushroom Expert (Kuo 2015). Many observations reported under the name C. persicinus
on these sites are in fact C. velutinus.
The distribution of Cantharellus persicinus
remains poorly-known due to the misapplication of the name C. persicinus
to pink specimens of C. velutinus
. Most records come from the southern Appalachian Mountains in South Carolina, North Carolina and Tennessee, and sequenced-confirmed collections come from Ohio, Indiana, Missouri, and Wisconsin. Based on better-known species of Cantharellus
with similar distribution patterns, this species should be expected to occur in southern New England.
Population and Trends
Population size and trends of this species are difficult to assess, due to the misapplication of the name C. persicinus to pink specimens of C. velutinus. There was only a single observation on iNaturalist and two on Mushroom Observer (March 5th, 2021) correctly identified. Most observations on these sites referred to as C. persicinus pertained to other Cantharellus species. Even though records come from a widespread area, there are a limited number of confirmed reports of this species. A concerted effort to document C. persicinus is needed before any assessment can be made on population numbers.
Population Trend: unknown
Habitat and Ecology
This species is ectomycorrhizal; associated with oak (Quercus
spp.) and possibly other hardwoods. Most records show a small number of fruit bodies, suggesting a solitary or scattered fruiting habit.
No specific threats have been identified at this time with regards to this species. However, more information is needed to make an assessment on potential threats.
No specific conservation actions have been identified with regards to this species at this time. Well documented C. persicinu
s collections are needed with detailed habitat notes, and a better understanding on population numbers, distribution, and trends is required.
Use and Trade
This species is edible, but likely rarely collected because of its small size and infrequent fruiting.
Source and Citation
Siegel, N. 2021. Cantharellus persicinus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2021: e.T198623075A198624237. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2021-2.RLTS.T198623075A198624237.en
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