Cantharellus tenuis is a sub-Saharan chanterelle mushroom. It potentially has a wide habitat tolerance, but there are some contradictory statements about its ecology. Based on current knowledge it is not thought to approach the thresholds for listing as threatened under any criterion, and so is assessed as Least Concern.
Why suggested for a Global Red List Assessment?
This species was described from Binga in northern Democratic Republic of Congo (Heinemann 1958), and the species is reported from Zambia and Malawi (Pegler 1982, Morris 1990, Shah-Smith 1998).
Population and Trends
This species has been described as growing in ‘scattered groups’ (Shah-Smith 1998), or in ‘large numbers’ (Pegler 1982, Morris 1990). Therefore, the population size is suspected to be large.
Population Trend: Uncertain
Habitat and Ecology
The type specimen is described as coming from dry forest (Heinemann 1958). The species is also described as occurring in Brachystegia woodland and open grassland (Pegler 1982, Morris 1990). Contradictory to this, Buyck et al. (2013) describe the species as only occurring in equatorial rain forest. Therefore, there may be some confusion over identification/habitat requirements of this species.