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).
Why suggested for a Global Red List Assessment?
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.
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.
No conservation measures are needed for this species since it is widespread and there are no major threats to it.
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
Boletus pinophilus, Sweden. Photo: Michael Krikorev.