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Cantharellus gracilis Buyck & V. Hofst.

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Scientific name
Cantharellus gracilis
Buyck & V. Hofst.
Common names
IUCN Specialist Group
Mushroom, Bracket and Puffball
Assessment status
Preliminary Assessed
Preliminary Category
Proposed by
James Westrip
James Westrip

Assessment Notes


Cantharellus gracilis is currently only known from the type specimen collected in a patch of secondary woodland near to the university campus in Dar-es-salaam, Tanzania. There is potentially some confusion with C. microcibarius, and the full range of the species is uncertain. As it has been found in secondary woodland, it could theoretically have a very wide distribution. Further research is required on this species’ ecology and distribution, and given the high levels of uncertainty C. gracilis is assessed as Data Deficient.

Taxonomic notes

There is some confusion between this species and Cantharellus microcibarius (see Buyck et al. 2013).

Why suggested for a Global Red List Assessment?

Chanterelle project

Geographic range

There has been only one collection of this species so far, in a patch of secondary woodland near to the university campus in Dar-es-salaam, Tanzania (Buyck et al. 2013). As it has been found in secondary woodland, it is plausible that the species could be very widespread.

Population and Trends

Population size and trend are essentially unknown.

Population Trend: Uncertain

Habitat and Ecology

The only specimen for this species was collected from secondary woodland dominated by Brachystegia spp. and Combretum molle (Buyck et al. 2013). It was collected on a sandy substrate near to a termite mound (Buyck et al. 2013).

Subtropical/Tropical Heavily Degraded Former Forest


Without further information regarding the full distribution of the species it is not possible to get a clear idea of the key threats to the species. Urbanization could impact the species’ type locality, as it is found at Dar-es-salaam.

Housing & urban areas

Conservation Actions

If the species is restricted to the type locality, then ensuring protection of this site would be important for the persistence of the species.

Site/area protection

Research needed

Further research is needed to identify the full distribution of the species, as well as identifying its habitat requirements.

Population size, distribution & trendsLife history & ecology

Use and Trade


Country occurrence

Regional Population and Trends

Country Trend Redlisted