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Cantharellus minor Peck

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Scientific name
Cantharellus minor
Author
Peck
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 minor is a common and widespread species in eastern North American hardwood forests.

The population size and occurrence in a habitat with no major decline support this species being listed as Least Concern (LC).


Taxonomic notes

Cantharellus minor was described from New York, USA (Peck 1872).

Cantharellus minor f. intensissimus was described from Tennessee, USA (Petersen 1979) for a small chanterelle with hemlock (Tsuga sp.), it is likely that this is a distinct species.

Buyck et al. (2016) state that unpublished sequence data indicate one or more undescribed relatives of C. minor in North America.


Why suggested for a Global Red List Assessment?

Cantharellus minor is a common and widespread species in eastern North American hardwood forests.

The population size and occurrence in a habitat with no major decline support this species being listed as Least Concern (LC).


Geographic range

Cantharellus minor is a widespread species in eastern North America. From eastern Texas to Florida, north into Quebec, Canada. Also reported from Mexico; although these collections should be critically compared to collections from Northeastern USA.


Population and Trends

The population of Cantharellus minor is very widespread, occurring over much of eastern North American hardwood forests. Habitat is stable, and no decline has been reported. Mexican populations are declining due to habitat loss.

Population Trend: Stable


Habitat and Ecology

Cantharellus minor is an ectomycorrhizal species, associated with oak (Quercus spp), and possibly other hardwoods. Often fruiting in gregarious patches, on moss or in slightly disturbed areas in young to mature forests.

Temperate Forest

Threats

No specific threats have been identified with regards to this species.


Conservation Actions

No specific conservation actions are needed with regards to this species.


Research needed

Modern taxonomy work on collections from across the range, as Cantharellus minor appears to be a species complex.

Taxonomy

Use and Trade

Even though Cantharellus minor is edible, the small size discourages those collecting for food.

Food - human

Bibliography

Buyck, B., Hofstetter, V. and Olariaga, I. 2016. Setting the record straight on North American Cantharellus. Cryptogamie Mycologie 37(3): 405–417.

Peck, C.H. 1872. Report of the State Botanist. Report of the Regents of the University of the State of New York on the Condition of the State Cabinet of Natural History 23: 91.

Petersen, R.H. 1979. Notes on cantharelloid fungi. IX. Illustrations of new or poorly understood taxa.Nova Hedwigia 32 (1-2): 1-23.


Country occurrence

Regional Population and Trends

Country Trend Redlisted