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Cantharellus persicinus R.H. Petersen

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Scientific name
Cantharellus persicinus
Author
R.H. Petersen
Common names
 
IUCN Specialist Group
Mushroom, Bracket and Puffball
Kingdom
Fungi
Phylum
Basidiomycota
Class
Agaricomycetes
Order
Cantharellales
Family
Cantharellaceae
Assessment status
Under Assessment
Proposed by
Noah Siegel
Assessors
Noah Siegel
Comments etc.
James Westrip

Assessment Notes

Justification

Cantharellus persicinus is a widely distributed chanterelle in eastern USA, but with a limited number of records.

Many reported collections of C. persicinus are the pink or peach forms of C. velutinus.

Until more data is available on confirmed collections of C. persicinus, I recommend listing this species as Data Deficient. 


Taxonomic notes

Cantharellus persicinus 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 (ie. 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


Why suggested for a Global Red List Assessment?

Cantharellus persicinus is a widely distributed chanterelle in eastern USA, but with a limited number of records.

Many reported collections of C. persicinus are the pink or peach forms of C. velutinus.

Until more data is available on confirmed collections of C. persicinus, I recommend listing this species as Data Deficient. 


Geographic range

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 from Ohio, Indiana, Missouri, and Wisconsin. Based on better known species of Cantharellus with similar distribution patterns, this species should be expected into southern New England.


Population and Trends

Population size and trends of this species are tough 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 being called 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: Uncertain


Habitat and Ecology

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.

Temperate Forest

Threats

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.


Conservation Actions

No specific conservation actions have been identified with regards to this species at this time.


Research needed

Well documented C. persicinus collections with detailed habitat notes. A better understanding on population numbers, distribution, and trends.

Population size, distribution & trendsLife history & ecology

Use and Trade

This species is edible, but likely rarely collected because of its small size and infrequent fruiting.

Food - human

Bibliography

Buyck, B., Olariaga, I., Looney, B., Justice, J., and Hofstetter, V. 2016a. Wisconsin chanterelles revisited and first indications for very wide distributions of Cantharellus species in the United States East of the Rocky Mountains. Cryptogamie Mycologie 37(3): 345–366.

Buyck, B., Olariaga, I., Justice, J., Lewis, D., Roody, W. and Hofstetter, V. 2016bThe dilemma of species recognition in the field when sequence data are not in phase with phenotypic variability. Cryptogamie, Mycologie 37(3):367-390.

Foltz, M.J., Perez, K.E. and Volk, T.J. 2013. Molecular phylogeny and morphology reveal three new species of Cantharellus within 20 m of one another in western Wisconsin, USA. Mycologia 105(2): 447-461.

iNaturalist. 2021. http://www.inaturalist.org. Accessed on March 05.

Kuo, M. 2015. Cantharellus persicinus. Retrieved from the MushroomExpert.Com Web site: http://www.mushroomexpert.com/cantharellus_persicinus.html

Mushroom Observer. 2021. http://www.mushroomoberver.org. Accessed on March 05.

MyCoPortal. 2021. http://mycoportal.org/portal/index.php. Accessed on March 05.

Petersen, R.H. 1985. Notes on Clavarioid Fungi. XIX. Colored illustrations of selected taxa, with comments on Cantharellus. Nova Hedwigia. 42: 151-160.


Country occurrence

Regional Population and Trends

Country Trend Redlisted