- Scientific name
- Cantharellus subalbidus
- A.H. Sm. & Morse
- Common names
- White Chanterelle
- IUCN Specialist Group
- Mushroom, Bracket and Puffball
- Assessment status
- Assessment date
- IUCN Red List Category
- Siegel, N.
- Mueller, G.M. & Dahlberg, A.
is a common chanterelle in northern California and the Pacific Northwest of North America. Being a highly-prized edible species, it is sought after by many mushroom hunters and foragers. No decline has been observed due to harvesting, and the overall population appears stable. This species is listed as Least Concern (LC).
was described from western North America (Smith and Morse 1947).
This species occurs from Santa Cruz County, California, north along the coast and Coast Range, and from the southern Sierra Nevada mountains. Its range extends northwards throughout the Pacific Northwest, east into the Rocky Mountains and north into the Canadian Rockies.
Population and Trends
The population is widespread in multiple habitat types; from coastal evergreen forests or Sierra Mixed Conifer forests in California, and across the conifer forests in the Pacific Northwest. No decline of this species has been noted.
Population Trend: stable
Habitat and Ecology
This species occurs in coastal, Coast Range, lowland and montane forests across its range. This species is ectomycorrhizal with conifers across the Pacific Northwest; especially Douglas fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii
). It has a more variable habitat association in California; with it associating with both conifers and hardwoods (Madrone, Arbutus menziesii
; Tanoak, Notholithocarpus densiflorus
; Manzanita, Arctostaphylos
spp.). It appears to have a preference for, but it is not restricted to, mature forests in the Pacific Northwest.
No specific threats have been identified with regards to this species.
This species was included on the US Forest Service Northwest Forest Plan species of special concern (Castellano et al.
2003). No specific research is currently needed in regards to this species.
Use and Trade
is a highly-prized edible species and is commonly collected, and even occasionally commercially harvested across its range.
Source and Citation
Siegel, N. 2021. Cantharellus subalbidus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2021: e.T195922624A195926181. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2021-2.RLTS.T195922624A195926181.en
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