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Cantharellus ruber Heinem.

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Scientific name
Cantharellus ruber
Common names
IUCN Specialist Group
Mushroom, Bracket and Puffball
Assessment status
Preliminary Assessed
Preliminary Category
Proposed by
James Westrip
James Westrip

Assessment Notes


Cantharellus ruber has been recorded from several countries in the region of the Zambezian miombo woodland. With such a wide range and no major threats that could be driving significant rates of decline across its entire range, this species is assessed as Least Concern.

Taxonomic notes

Why suggested for a Global Red List Assessment?

Chanterelle project

Geographic range

Cantharellus ruber is a species of Zambezian miombo woodland. It has been recorded from Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi, Zambia and Zimbabwe (e.g. Heinemann 1966, Buyck and Nzigidahera 1995, GBIF.org). It is assumed that it could also occur elsewhere where there is suitable habitat.

Population and Trends

While the species is considered ‘not common’ in some parts of its range (Buyck and Nzigidahera 1995), with such a wide range it is still considered to be relatively numerous. There are ongoing threats to miombo woodland, and so the species is suspected to be in decline.

Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology

This species occurs in miombo woodland, particularly shaded or humid areas (e.g. De Kesel et al. 2017). It occurs in areas dominated by a range of species (see De Kesel et al. 2017).

Dry SavannaMoist Savana


There are ongoing threats to miombo woodland including logging, and land conversion to agriculture (see Jew et al. 2016).

Small-holder farmingSmall-holder grazing, ranching or farmingUnintentional effects: subsistence/small scale (species being assessed is not the target) [harvest]

Conservation Actions

Research needed

Further surveys to get a clearer idea of the full distribution of the species would be beneficial.

Population size, distribution & trends

Use and Trade

This species is eaten, but in some parts of its range it is considered inedible (Buyck and Nzigidahera 1995, De Kesel et al. 2017)

Food - human


Country occurrence

Regional Population and Trends

Country Trend Redlisted