This species has been located in the forests within India, in Himachal Pradesh and within Uttarakhand. This species has been found growing on the soil among moss beneath Cedrus deodara and Quercus dilatata in particular. Although this species is not thought to be directly threatened, Cedrus deodara is thought to be threatened by logging, and without further research, it remains uncertain to what extent Cantharellus natarajanii is threatened consequently. Until further research into this species’ habitat preferences, wild distribution, and potential threats is carried out, this species is listed as DD.
Why suggested for a Global Red List Assessment?
This species is known from only three specimens. The first two specimens were found in India, Himachal Pradesh, Shimla, Chail forest, at coordintes N31°06′ E77°.10′ and at an altitude of 1700m on the 30th July 2008 and on the 22nd August 2009. The third specimen was found within the same collection at Uttarakhand, Jageshwar forest, at coordinates N29°00′ E79°.17′ on the 29th August 2009.
Population and Trends
This species is not thought to be threatened directly, although Cedrus deodara is thought to be itself threatened by logging for timber and for non-timber agriculture. Until it is known to what extent these threats affect this fungus species, its population trends remain uncertain.
Population Trend: Uncertain
Habitat and Ecology
This species has been found growing in both a caespitose and gregarious mode, on soil among moss under Cedrus deodara and Quercus dilatata.
There doesn’t appear to be any literature which explicitly describes the threats to this species, however Cedrus deodara, with which this species is known to associate, is itself threatened by logging for timber and non-timber agriculture. Further research is required in order to assess to what extent this species is threatened by this deforestation at its known localities.
Protection of this species’ habitat is recommended for its successful conservation, especially if further research into this species’ distribution, habitat preferences, and potential threats yields information which suggests that this species might be significantly threatened.
Resource & habitat protection
Further research into this species’ habitat preferences, wild distribution, and potential threats is needed in order to build an accurate assessment of this species.
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