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Cantharellus lewisii Buyck & V. Hofstetter

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Scientific name
Cantharellus lewisii
Author
Buyck & V. Hofstetter
Common names
 
IUCN Specialist Group
Mushroom, Bracket and Puffball
Kingdom
Fungi
Phylum
Basidiomycota
Class
Agaricomycetes
Order
Cantharellales
Family
Cantharellaceae
Assessment status
Published
Assessment date
2021-03-19
IUCN Red List Category
LC
Assessors
Siegel, N.
Reviewers
Dahlberg, A.

Assessment Notes

The content on this page is fetched from The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species: https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/198623069/198624415

Justification

Cantharellus lewisii is a widespread species in the south-east USA. The population appears stable, with no decline having been recorded. Therefore, it is listed as Least Concern.

Taxonomic notes

Cantharellus lewisii was described from east Texas, USA (Buyck and Hofstetter 2011). Southern USA records of C. amethysteus (Quél.) Quél. (or C. cibarius var. amethysteus) pertain to C. lewisii.

Geographic range

This species ranges from eastern Texas, USA, east to Florida, north to the Mid-Atlantic region, west to Indiana and Missouri.

Population and Trends

Cantharellus lewisii is an uncommon to locally common, but widespread species in south-eastern North America. Data to fully assess trends are lacking, but no decline has been recorded and overall, the habitat is stable.

Population Trend: unknown


Habitat and Ecology

Cantharellus lewisii is ectomycorrhizal, and apparently has a preference for floodplain or moist hardwoods forests. Buyck and Hofstetter (2011) cite a Water Oak plot next to Taxodium swamp, Beech-Magnolia-Loblolly Pine forest on sandy soil, Slope beech-white oak-loblolly pine-Magnolia forest, and floodplain hardwoods as habitats for the referenced collections.

Threats

No specific threats have been identified with regards to this species.

Conservation Actions

No specific conservation actions are needed with regards to this species. Most work on Cantharellus in the south-east USA has been done in Texas and the western portion of the Gulf States. Better documentation of Cantharellus in the eastern portion of the Gulf is needed, which in turn would give a better understanding of range of this and other south-east species.

Use and Trade

This species is edible, and occasionally collected for food.

Source and Citation

Siegel, N. 2021. Cantharellus lewisii. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2021: e.T198623069A198624415. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2021-2.RLTS.T198623069A198624415.en .Downloaded on 26 September 2021

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