Cantharellus defibulatus is suspected to be a very widespread chanterelle of sub-Saharan Africa. Based on current information it is not suspected to approach the thresholds for listing as threatened and so is assessed as Least Concern.
Why suggested for a Global Red List Assessment?
Cantharellus defibulatus was originally described as a variety of C. cibarius (Heinemann 1966), from southern Democratic Republic of Congo. Further records of this species do come from this part of the country as well as from National Parc Fazao-Malfakassa, Togo (see De Kesel et al. 2016), and it is consumed in Burundi (Degreef et al. 2016). There are also records held in GBIF from Zambia, Gabon and Madagascar. However, the records from Madagascar represent a separate species (C. sebosus), and this is a species of woodland, as opposed to rain forest (Buyck et al. 2013), and so with the Gabon record coming from gallery forest (Botanicalcollections.be 2021), this brings into question this record too. However, with records from both southern-Central Africa and West Africa, it is likely to have a very large range.
Population and Trends
This is a rare species in Democratic Republic of Congo (De Kesel et al. 2017). However, with records from both southern-Central Africa and West Africa, it is likely to have a very large population size.
Population Trend: Uncertain
Habitat and Ecology
This species occurs in miombo woodland in southern-Central Africa, and other woodland habitats in West Africa (see De Kesel et al. 2017).