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Cantharellus camphoratus R.H. Petersen

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Scientific name
Cantharellus camphoratus
Author
R.H. Petersen
Common names
 
IUCN Specialist Group
Mushroom, Bracket and Puffball
Kingdom
Fungi
Phylum
Basidiomycota
Class
Agaricomycetes
Order
Cantharellales
Family
Cantharellaceae
Assessment status
Under Assessment
Proposed by
Noah Siegel
Assessors
Noah Siegel
Comments etc.
James Westrip

Assessment Notes

Justification

Cantharellus camphoratus is a species of golden chanterelle that was described from Nova Scotia, Canada (Petersen 1979), but the name was not used until recently (Thorn et al. 2017).

Most records were recorded under the catchall name for golden chanterelles, Cantharellus cibarius. Thus data to assess population size and trends is lacking, but based on habitat, and potential range between known populations, a Least Concern listing seems warranted.


Taxonomic notes

Cantharellus camphoratus was described from Nova Scotia, Canada (Petersen 1979), but the name was rarely used. Type study of C. camphoratus (Buyck et al. 2016) and a study of Cantharellus of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada (Thorn et al. 2017) further elaborated on the description of this species.

Members of the C. cibarius complex (ie. golden chanterelles) in eastern North America are highly variable in macro morphological features, and with current knowledge, most are not identifiable to species without careful microscopic examination or even a DNA sequence.


Why suggested for a Global Red List Assessment?

Cantharellus camphoratus is a species of golden chanterelle that was described from Nova Scotia, Canada (Petersen 1979), but the name was not used until recently (Thorn et al. 2017).

Most records were recorded under the catchall name for golden chanterelles, Cantharellus cibarius. Thus data to assess population size and trends is lacking, but based on habitat, and potential range between known populations, a Least Concern listing seems warranted.


Geographic range

Cantharellus camphoratus is known northeast Canada (with sequenced confirmed collections from Newfoundland, Nova Scotia and Quebec), but is likely more widespread into northeastern USA.

Collections of C. camphoratus reported from North Carolina (MyCoPortal 2021) appear to be genetically distinct. More work is needed on these collections.


Population and Trends

The population size and distribution of Cantharellus camphoratus is poorly known at this time. It was described from Nova Scotia, Canada, and has been found in Newfoundland (Thorn et al. 2017) and Quebec (Mycoquebec 2021). Pictures online (Mushroom Observer 2021, iNaturalist 2021) show pictures of specimens that are likely C. camphoratus from elsewhere in northeast USA and Canada suggesting that it is fairly widespread, but appears uncommon.

Population Trend:


Habitat and Ecology

Cantharellus enelensis is an ectomycorrhizal species, associated with conifers; Thorn et al. (2017) state that it “grows in small colonies, often in relatively open places with low moss near conifers, more often with Abies than Picea”. MycoQuebec (2021) report “spruce and fir, perhaps also under hemlock or white pine”  in areas with ‘poor or sandy soil’ sometimes mossy areas with thin humus, in semi-open environment.  Habitat of the Type collection (Petersen 1979) was not reported.

Boreal ForestTemperate Forest

Threats

No specific threats have been identified with regards to this species.


Conservation Actions

No specific conservation actions have been identified with regards to this species at this time.


Research needed

A better understanding on habitat requirements and restraints, population numbers, distribution, and trends of Cantharellus camphoratus.

Population size, distribution & trendsLife history & ecology

Use and Trade

Cantharellus camphoratus (and all other golden chanterelles in North America) are edible, and are indiscriminately collected by foragers and small scale commercial pickers.

Food - human

Bibliography

Buyck, B., Hofstetter, V., and Olariaga, I. 2016. Setting the record straight on North American Cantharellus. Cryptogamie Mycologie 37(3): 405–417.

iNaturalist. 2021. http://www.inaturalist.org. Accessed on March 08.

Mushroom Observer. 2021. http://www.mushroomoberver.org. Accessed on March 08.

MyCoPortal. 2021. http://mycoportal.org/portal/index.php. Accessed on March 08.

Mycoquebec. 2021. https://www.mycoquebec.org/bas.php?l=r&nom=Cantharellus camphoratus / Chanterelle camphrée&post=Cantharellus&gro=11&tag=Cantharellus camphoratus

Thorn, R.G., Kim, J.I., Lebeuf, R. and Voitk, A. 2017.The golden chanterelles of Newfoundland and Labrador: a new species, a new record for North America, and a lost species rediscovered. Botany 95: 547–560.


Country occurrence

Regional Population and Trends

Country Trend Redlisted