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Cortinarius caperatus (Pers.) Fr.

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Scientific name
Cortinarius caperatus
Author
(Pers.) Fr.
Common names
The Gypsy
Meelkop
Cirtainā čigānene
IUCN Specialist Group
Mushroom, Bracket and Puffball
Kingdom
Fungi
Phylum
Basidiomycota
Class
Agaricomycetes
Order
Agaricales
Family
Cortinariaceae
Assessment status
Published
Assessment date
2018-02-26
IUCN Red List Category
LC
Assessors
Dahlberg, A.
Reviewers
Knutsson, T.

Assessment Notes

The content on this page is fetched from The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species: https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/122090482/122090903

Justification

Cortinarius caperatus is a widespread, edible, ectomycorrhizal webcap in northern Europe and North America but also less frequently distributed throughout the rest of Europe. There is no evidence of decline. It can be locally very abundant where suitable habitat exists. Therefore, it is assessed as Least Concern (LC).

Geographic range

Cortinarius caperatus is a locally very common webcap in northern Eurasia and northern North America. It is widespread in boreal, hemiboreal, subalpine and arctic zones, but rare in the temperate zones. 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 with a very broad ecological niche. There is no indication of any decline.

Population Trend: stable


Habitat and Ecology

Cortinarius caperatus is a common terrestrial ectomycorrhizal webcap found in coniferous forests with spruce and pine, in deciduous forests with beech and oaks, in subalpine forests with birch and in alpine areas with dwarf birch.

Threats

There are no major threats to this species.

Conservation Actions

No conservation measures are needed for this species since it is widespread and there are no major threats to it.

Use and Trade

Cortinarius caperatus is an appreciated edible mushroom.

Source and Citation

Dahlberg, A. 2019. Cortinarius caperatus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2019: e.T122090482A122090903. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2019-3.RLTS.T122090482A122090903.en .Downloaded on 31 January 2021

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