Hygrophorus hypothejus is a rather common and widespread edible ectomycorrhizal mushroom in northern and North America. There is no evidence of decline. It can be locally abundant where suitable habitat exists. Therefore, it is assessed as Least Concern (LC).
Why suggested for a Global Red List Assessment?
Hygrophorus hypothejus is widespread in Europe and North America. Common in the northern boreal parts and boreal zone, less so to the south, in the temperate zone. The area of occupancy (AOO) of this species is much larger than 2,000 km², and its extent of occurrence (EOO) is much larger than 20,000 km².
Population and Trends
The population size is likely to be very large since this is such a widespread species and more or less stable. There is no indication of any decline.
Habitat and Ecology
Hygrophorus hypothejus is a common ectomycorrhizal waxcap in coniferous woodland at nutrient poor conditions on acid soil. It form mycorrhiza with pine trees (Pinus).
There are no major threats to this species.
No conservation measures are needed for this species since it is widespread and there are no major threats to it.
Use and Trade
Hygrophorus hypothejus is an edible mushroom.
Food - human
Hygrophorus hypothejus, Sweden. Photo: Michael Krikorev.