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Cantharellus candicans (Pers.) Duby

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Scientific name
Cantharellus candicans
(Pers.) Duby
Common names
IUCN Specialist Group
Mushroom, Bracket and Puffball
Assessment status
Preliminary Assessed
Preliminary Category
Proposed by
Christine Tansey
Christine Tansey
Comments etc.
James Westrip

Assessment Notes


There is limited information available from the type description of the species, and only one subsequent occurrence record of C. candicans and the species for which it is a homotypic synonym.  With a lack of occurrence data and information on the habitat and ecology of the species, it is not possible to assess the status of its population or distribution. In addition, a synonymy issue needs to be noted to ensure that occurrence data is correctly ascribed to this species in future.
It is therefore now assessed as Data Deficient.

Taxonomic notes

Cantharellus candicans was described in 1830 by J.E. Duby, but is listed as a homotypic synonym of Merulius candicans (described by C.H. Persoon in 1825 ).

The taxonomy of M. candicans is also listed as doubtful on GBIF.

Why suggested for a Global Red List Assessment?

Chanterelle species to be assessed as part of the chanterelle comprehensive project.

Geographic range

No distribution information is recorded with the type description of C. candicans, however the type description of Merulius candicans, for which it is a homotypic synonym, states that it grows in France and England.
No occurrence data is available on GBIF for C. candicans, but there exists a specimen collected in Belgium from 1885 of M. candicans.
Extent of range is unknown.

Population and Trends

Only known from type description and single specimen of M. candicans.

Population Trend: Uncertain

Habitat and Ecology

The type descriptions for C. candicans and M. candicans both state the species occurs growing in boggy situations with mosses.
No further information is available.

Bogs, Marshes, Swamps, Fens, Peatlands [generally over 8 ha]


No known threats.

Conservation Actions

Research needed

Confirmation of taxonomic status, population and distribution data and ecology required to better assess species.

TaxonomyPopulation size, distribution & trendsLife history & ecologyThreats

Use and Trade



Country occurrence

Regional Population and Trends

Country Trend Redlisted