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Cantharellus elsae (G. Stev.) E. Horak

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Scientific name
Cantharellus elsae
(G. Stev.) E. Horak
Common names
IUCN Specialist Group
Mushroom, Bracket and Puffball
Assessment status
Preliminary Assessed
Preliminary Category
Proposed by
Adam Liddle
Adam Liddle
Comments etc.
James Westrip

Assessment Notes


This uncommon species has only been observed in the wild once, within protected habitat. This species possesses at least 3 specimens under preservation, maintained under the New Zealand Fungal and Plant Disease Collection. Because this species does not appear to be significantly threatened, but information regarding this species’ specific geographic distribution is lacking, it is listed as DD until research to confirm its wild distribution entirely within non-threatened habitat is confirmed.

Taxonomic notes

Why suggested for a Global Red List Assessment?

Chanterelle species

Geographic range

The type specimen of this species was described in the New Zealand Journal of Botany as originating from Lake Rotoiti, Nelson, New Zealand, within the borders of the Nelson Lakes National Park, occurring under native trees (McNabb 2012). 3 preserved specimens from New Zealand are known to be maintained by the New Zealand Fungal and Plant Disease Collection (PDD) (information provided by gbif, citation needed).

Population and Trends

Presently, this species is thought to occur within pristine habitat or under preservation. It is reasonable to assume that this species’ population is stable, however further research should be carried out to confirm this.

Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology

The type collection of this species was observed growing gregariously, within dense caespitose clusters, under Nothofagus and Leptospermum ericoides (McNabb 2012).

Temperate Forest


This species is known to be preserved by the New Zealand Fungal and Plant Disease Collection (PDD). Only one wild specimen appears to be recorded in literature, which exists within the Nelson Lakes National Park, New Zealand. Therefore, it is reasonable to assume that this species is not significantly threatened.

Conservation Actions

No conservation actions can be recommended at this time, as this species appear to exist either under preservation or within protected areas in the wild.

Research needed

Further research should be carried out in order to assess the current status of this species’ population and any threats which may be affecting it, to better understand the current status of this uncommon species.

Population size, distribution & trendsThreats

Use and Trade


Country occurrence

Regional Population and Trends

Country Trend Redlisted