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Boletus pinophilus Pilát & Dermek

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Scientific name
Boletus pinophilus
Pilát & Dermek
Common names
Pine Bolete
Rödbrun stensopp
kiefern steinpilz
IUCN Specialist Group
Mushroom, Bracket and Puffball
Assessment status
Preliminary Category
Proposed by
Anders Dahlberg
Anders Dahlberg
Comments etc.
Noah Siegel
Tommy Knutsson

Assessment Notes


Boletus pinophilus is an edible ectomycorrhizal bolete forming mycorrhiza with pines and common throughout Europe. It is collected and marketed in several countries.  There is no evidence of decline. It can be locally very abundant where suitable habitat exists. Therefore, it is assessed as Least Concern (LC).

Taxonomic notes

Why suggested for a Global Red List Assessment?

Geographic range

Boletus pinophilus is a very common bolete in temperate to boreal pine forests throughout Europe. It is closely related to B. edulis. It is reported from Asia, North and Central America. Recent taxonomic revisions of western North American populations indicate that this is a distinct species, B. rex-veris.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. There is no indication of any decline.

Population Trend:

Habitat and Ecology

Boletus pinophilus is a common terrestrial ectomycorrhizal fungus in pine (Pinus) forests and in open areas with pines trees. It typically grow on acid, sandy soil, often in dry lichen-heathland forests. It may rarely also occur in spruce forests.


There are no major threats to this species. It is commonly found in pine forests and pine plantations of all ages.

Conservation Actions

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

Research needed

Use and Trade

Boletus pinophilus is an appreciated edible mushroom of similar gastronomical values as B. edulis with which it is easily misidentified due to the similar habitat and appearance. It is collected and marketed in several northern countries.

Food - human


Known distribution - countries

Regional Population and Trends

Country Trend Redlisted