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.
There is some confusion between this species and Cantharellus microcibarius (see Buyck et al. 2013).
Why suggested for a Global Red List Assessment?
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
If the species is restricted to the type locality, then ensuring protection of this site would be important for the persistence of the species.
Further research is needed to identify the full distribution of the species, as well as identifying its habitat requirements.
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