Since the relatively recent description of Cantharellus gallaecicus, there appear to be no records of occurrence. With a lack of such data and information on the habitat and ecology of the species, it is not possible to assess the status of its population or distribution, as compared to that of similar species, C. cibarius and C. romagnesianus. It is therefore now assessed as Data Deficient.
Cantharellus gallaecicus was described by Olariaga and Salcedo in 2007.
Index Fungorum lists the basionym of C. gallacecicus as Cantharellus cibarius var. gallaecicus Blanco-Dios, and an additional synonym as Cantharellus romagnesianus f. gallaecicus (Blanco-Dios) Blanco-Dios.
More recent work has situated C. gallaecicus as a synonym of C. romagnesianus (Olariaga et al, 2015 & Olariaga et al 2017).
Preliminary assessment conducted based on C. gallaecicus species information. Clarification of taxonomic status required to review this preliminary assessment.
Why suggested for a Global Red List Assessment?
Chanterelle species to be assessed as part of the chanterelle comprehensive project.
C. gallaecicus described from specimens found on the Spanish Atlantic coast. Range extent uncertain as there is no occurrence data available on GBIF. Inferring a range of C. gallaecicus could be based on existing specimens and habitat extent, however there is a lack of information about the specificity of its habitat requirements.
The similar Cantharellus species C. cibarius and C. romagnesianus are recorded in similar areas to the available specimens of C. gallaecicus. C. cibarius is widespread across Europe, while the available occurrence data of C. romagnesianus are limited to records on the Spanish Atlantic coast. C. gallaecicus could have been wrongly identified as C. cibarius or C. romagnesianus in some cases, making it difficult to infer how likely the geographic distribution is to be widespread or limited.
Population and Trends
Only known from type description and limited number of specimens.
Population Trend: Uncertain
Habitat and Ecology
In the type description, specimens were examined from under trees of different species, including Eucalyptus globulus and Castanea sativa plantation and Pinus pinaster forest.
Another report describes C. gallaecicus as having an autumnal preference and growing under a variety of species as the type description or in mixed stands, having a scattered to cespitos form and growing in close proximity to C. romagnesianus (Cuesta et al, 2011).
No known threats, however in plantation settings, habitat may be affected by planting and felling cycles, or impacts on soil quality through plantation management.
Unintentional effects: subsistence/small scale (species being assessed is not the target) [harvest]Type Unknown/Unrecorded
Confirmation of taxonomic status and an evaluation of its distribution, population, habitat and ecology is required to better assess this species, and move it out of DD.
Crucial to conducting a fuller assessment of this species is determining if the distribution is widespread, as C. cibarius, or more limited, as may be the case for C. romagnesianus.
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