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Cantharellus lateritius (Berk.) Singer

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Scientific name
Cantharellus lateritius
(Berk.) Singer
Common names
IUCN Specialist Group
Mushroom, Bracket and Puffball
Assessment status
Proposed by
Noah Siegel
Comments etc.
Noah Siegel

Assessment Notes

Taxonomic notes

Cantharellus lateritius is a common species in eastern North America. Reports from Africa and Asia likely represent distinct species, and are not considered with this assessment. The recently described C. flavolateritius Buyck & V. Hofst. is very similar, and has been lumped under the name C. lateritius for years.

Why suggested for a Global Red List Assessment?

Proposing as part of the global IUCN project to assess Cantharellus species. Cantharellus lateritius is a common and widespread species in eastern North America. Population appears to be stable; no sign of decline has been observed.

Geographic range

Eastern North America, from southern coastal Maine across southern New England, south of the Great Lakes to the eastern prairie states, south to Texas, east to Florida. Also reported from Mexico.

Population and Trends

Population is widespread and stable. No decline has been noted.

Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology

Ectomycorrhizal with hardwoods, especially Quercus species, in young to mature forests. Often fruiting in gregarious patches.

Temperate Forest


None identified.

Conservation Actions

None needed.

Research needed

Distinguishing Cantharellus lateritius from C. flavolateritius in the field, and from photographs to get a better idea on range and habitat of both species.

Use and Trade

Commonly collected by forgers and low scale commercial pickers as an edible species.


BUYCK B., OLARIAGA I., JUSTICE J., LEWIS D., ROODY W. & HOFSTETTER V., 2016e — The dilemma of species recognition in the field when sequence data are not in phase with phenotypic variability. Cryptogamie, Mycologie 37(3):367-390.

Known distribution - countries

Regional Population and Trends

Country Trend Redlisted