This species was first described as Cantharellus ignicolor from Tennessee, USA (Petersen 1975), later transferred into the genus Craterellus (Dahlman et al. 2000).
Previous to 1975, it was referred to as Cantharellus lutescens and C. infundibuliformis var. luteolus (Kuo 2015).
Craterellus ignicolor is a common species in eastern North American hardwood forests. Population is widespread, and no decline has been observed. Therefore I recommend it be listed as Least Concern (LC).
Very widespread in eastern North America, from southern Canada, west to Minnesota, USA. south to Texas, east to northern Florida. There are also records from Mexico and Costa Rica, however, these collections should be critically examined before being included in this assessment.
Craterellus ignicolor is a widespread and common species. Population is stable, and no decline has been recorded.
Population Trend: Stable
Craterellus ignicolor is an ectomycorrhizal species, associated with hardwoods; especially oak (Quercus spp) and American Beech (Fagus grandifolia), often in gregarious patches in young to mature forests.
No specific threats have been identified with regards to this species.
No specific conservation actions have been identified with regards to this species at this time.
No specific research is needed with regards to this species.
Craterellus ignicolor is edible, and occasionally collected by foragers.
Dahlman, M., Danell, E. and Spatafora, J.W. 2000. Molecular systematics of Craterellus: cladistic analysis of nuclear LSU rDNA sequence data. Mycological Research. 104(4): 388-394
Kuo, M. 2015. Craterellus ignicolor. Retrieved from the MushroomExpert.Com Web site: http://www.mushroomexpert.com/craterellus_ignicolor.html
Petersen, R.H. 1975. Notes on clavarioid fungi. V. A new species of Cantharellus. Beihefte zur Nova Hedwigia. 51:183-189.