Cantharellus humidicola is a chanterelle species of miombo woodland. The original description of the species was from Tanzania, and there are notes that the species also occurs in the miombo of the Province of Haut-Katanga in Democratic Republic of Congo. Therefore, it is suspected that the species may in fact be widespread across miombo in southern Africa. However, further surveys are required to confirm this. While it may be locally impacted by certain threats to its habitat, these are currently not thought to have such a severe impact on the species that it would approach the thresholds for listing as threatened. Therefore, C. humidicola is assessed here as Least Concern.
Why suggested for a Global Red List Assessment?
This species was originally described from miombo woodland in Tanzania (Buyck et al. 2013), and is also reported from Democratic Republic of Congo (De Kesel et al. 2017). It is assumed that the species is widespread in miombo woodland in southern Africa.
Population and Trends
There is no quantitative information regarding the population size and trend of this species, but it has been reported to grow in large groups of fruiting bodies (Buyck et al. 2013). There are ongoing threats to miombo woodland, though, so it is tentatively suspected that the population may be in decline.
Population Trend: Decreasing
Habitat and Ecology
This species has been collected under trees in the genera Julbernardia and Brachystegia (Buyck et al. 2013, De Kesel et al. 2017). In Tanzania it has been found in areas of mixed forest (Buyck et al. 2013), while in Democratic Republic of Congo, it is also found in miombo woodland dominated by Marquesia macroura (De Kesel et al. 2017).