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Cantharellus viscosus Berk.

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Scientific name
Cantharellus viscosus
Common names
IUCN Specialist Group
Mushroom, Bracket and Puffball
Assessment status
Preliminary Assessed
Preliminary Category
Proposed by
Adam Liddle
Adam Liddle
Comments etc.
James Westrip

Assessment Notes


This species was initially described as growing in Drummond, Australia, over 150 years ago. Information regarding the specific geographic locations of wild populations of this species appears to be lacking, alongside information regarding its habitat preferences and potential threats. The only recent observation of this species was made in April 2013, within the Arthur Harrold Reserve, Queensland, within protected habitat. The coordinates associated with this observation are dubious, and therefore further research is recommended in order to confirm this species’ presence within this protected habitat. It is unknown whether any wild populations remain at this species’ type collection site, and whether such populations are threatened. Overall, due to a deficiency in information regarding this species’ habitat preferences, potential threats, and because the only recent collection of this species is accompanied by uncertain geographic information, this species is listed as DD until further research is carried out in relation to these issues.

Taxonomic notes

Why suggested for a Global Red List Assessment?

Chanterelle species

Geographic range

The type specimen of this species was initially described as growing in Drummond, western Australia, although more specific locality information appears to be lacking (Berkeley 1845). An observation of this species appears to have been made in April of 2013 at the Arthur Harrold Reserve, Noosa, Queensland, Australia. This distribution point is provided by gbif (citation needed), although the coordinates associated with this species may be unreliable.

Population and Trends

The only known wild population of this species recorded in recent years exist under protection of the Arthur Harrold Reserve, Noosa. No further geographic information regarding this species is known. Without further research, this species’ population is thought to be stable.

Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology

This species was initially found growing, ‘on the ground, amongst little twigs’. This species is thought to attach to these twigs using a white anastomosing mycelium (Berkeley 1845).


Although the current status of the wild population from which the type of this species was recorded cannot be verified at this time, the most recent, and only other, observation of this species was made within the Arthur Harrold Reserve, Noosa, and so it is unlikely that this species is significantly threatened.

Conservation Actions

Without further research, no conservation actions can be recommended at this time, due to a deficiency in habitat and locality information.

Research needed

Further information into the distribution of this species, its habitat preferences, and whether it is threatened in any other existing wild populations is required in order to accurately classify this species.

Use and Trade


Country occurrence

Regional Population and Trends

Country Trend Redlisted