A once cryptic member of the Cantharellus cinnabarinus complex, C. texensis was described from east Texas, USA (Buyck, et al. 2011).
For years, it was recorded under the C. cinnabarinus, along with C. coccolobae (Buyck et al. 2016a) and C. corallinus (Buyck et al. 2016b).
Proposing as part of the global IUCN project to assess Cantharellus species. Cantharellus texensis is a member of the C. cinnabarinus complex. Currently known from east Texas east to Florida across the Gulf States
Until range, population size and habitat can be better defined, this species should be listed as Data Deficient (DD).
Eastern Texas, USA, across the Gulf States to Florida. Due to confusion with the similar Cantharellus cinnabarinus, northern distribution is not yet known.
Being a recently described, and ‘cryptic’ species, little is known of population or trends.
Recognizing this species, (ie. distinguishing it from C. cinnabarinus) from photographs or in the field will go a far way in starting to understand population dynamics.
Population Trend: Uncertain
Ectomycorrhizal, often found in pine (Pinus) and oak (Quercus) woods, in sandy soil. Being a recently described species; often confused with C. cinnabarinus, detailed habitat and ecology knowledge is lacking.
None currently identified.
Range, habitat association, and key identification features of Cantharellus texensis should be expounded on. Records of C. cinnabarinus should be scrutinized, as some may be C. texensis.
This species is edible, and is collected for food.
Buyck, B., Cruaud, C., Couloux, A. and Hofstetter, V. 2011. Cantharellus texensis sp. nov. from Texas, 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.