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Cantharellus cinnabarinus (Schwein.) Schwein.

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Scientific name
Cantharellus cinnabarinus
(Schwein.) Schwein.
Common names
cinnabar chanterelle
IUCN Specialist Group
Mushroom, Bracket and Puffball
Assessment status
Proposed by
Noah Siegel
Comments etc.
Noah Siegel

Assessment Notes

Taxonomic notes

Described as Agaricus cinnabarinus in 1822, later transferred to Cantharellus cinnabarinus in 1832, where it still resides today.

Cantharellus texensis (Buyck et al. 2011), C. coccolobae (Buyck et al. 2016a)  and C.  corallinus (Buyck et al. 2016b) are all recently described species which have been called C. cinnabarinus in North America.

Why suggested for a Global Red List Assessment?

Proposing as part of the global IUCN project to assess Cantharellus species. Cantharellus cinnabarinus is a common and widespread species in eastern North America. Population appears to be stable; no sign of decline has been observed.

Geographic range

Widespread in eastern North America, from southern Maine, west across the great Lakes region of USA and Canada, to the eastern Great Plains, south Florida and Texas, and into Mexico and possibly central America.

Population and Trends

Population is widespread throughout eastern North American hardwood forests. Localized populations might be under threat (ie. Mexico), but overall remains stable.

Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology

Ectomycorrhizal, especially with oaks (Quercus spp), often in slightly disturbed areas (seasonal washes, stream banks, road or trail edges) in young to mature forests.


None identified in much of its range. Mexico populations are suffering deforestation.

Conservation Actions

None needed.

Research needed

Collect and identify members of the C. cinnabarinus complex, to get a better understanding of the range and commonality of this, and the other recently descried species of this complex

Use and Trade

Cantharellus cinnabarinus is an edible species, and commonly collected for food.

Food - human


Buyck, B., Cruaud, C., Couloux, A. and Hofstetter, V. 2011. Cantharellus texensis sp. nov. fromTexas, a Southern lookalike of C. cinnabarinus revealed by tef-1 sequence data. Mycologia 103: 1037-1046.

Buyck, B., Moreau, P.-A., Courtecuisse, R., Kong, A., Roy, M. and Hofstetter, V. 2016a. Cantharellus coccolobae sp. nov. and Cantharellus garnieri, two tropical members of Cantharellus subg. cinnabarinus. Cryptogamie Mycologie 37: 391–403.

Buyck, B., Olariaga, I., Justice, J., Lewis, D., Roody, W. and Hofstetter, V. 2016b.The Dilemma of Species Recognition in the Field When Sequence Data are not in Phase with Phenotypic Variability. Cryptogamie Mycologie, 37: 367-389.

Country occurrence

Regional Population and Trends

Country Trend Redlisted