Suillus variegatus is a common and widespread edible ectomycorrhizal fungus with its main occurrence in northern Europe. There is no evidence of decline. It can be locally abundant where suitable habitat exists. Therefore, it is assessed as Least Concern (LC).
Why suggested for a Global Red List Assessment?
Suillus variegatus is common in Europe and its range extends into Asia. It is recorded in parts of North America. It is quite common in Scandinavia and Russia, but increasingly rare further south. 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 and more or less stable. There is no indication of any decline.
Habitat and Ecology
Suillus variegatus a common ectomycorrhizal mushroom in dry coniferous forests and plantations associating with pine (Pinus) on acid soil throughout the area where Pinus occurs naturally or planted.
here are no major threats to this species. It is common and widely found in coniferous forest and plantations.
No conservation measures are needed for this species since it is widespread and there are no major threats to it.
Use and Trade
Suillus variegatus is an edible mushroom.
Food - human
Suillus variegatus, Sweden. Photo: Michael Krikorev.