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Cantharellus chicagoensis Leacock, J. Riddell, Rui Zhang & G.M. Muell.

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Scientific name
Cantharellus chicagoensis
Author
Leacock, J. Riddell, Rui Zhang & G.M. Muell.
Common names
Chicago chanterelle
IUCN Specialist Group
Mushroom, Bracket and Puffball
Kingdom
Fungi
Phylum
Basidiomycota
Class
Agaricomycetes
Order
Cantharellales
Family
Hydnaceae
Assessment status
Under Assessment
Proposed by
Noah Siegel
Assessors
Noah Siegel
Comments etc.
James Westrip

Assessment Notes

Justification

Cantharellus chicagoensis occurs over a widespread area, in hardwood forests across the Midwest and Mid Atlantic USA

Data to indicate population trends is lacking, but based on the available data (Leacock et al. 2016, iNaturalist 2021), it can be inferred that it is a common and widespread species, occurring in a stable habitat; therefore I recommend listing as Least Concern (LC).


Taxonomic notes

Cantharellus chicagoensis was described from collections made in the vicinity of Chicago, Illinois, USA (Leacock et al. 2016).

Previously, it would have been referred to as Cantharellus cibarius, an European species not known to occur in North America.


Why suggested for a Global Red List Assessment?

Cantharellus chicagoensis occurs over a widespread area, in hardwood forests across the Midwest and Mid Atlantic USA

Data to indicate population trends is lacking, but based on the available data (Leacock et al. 2016, iNaturalist 2021), it can be inferred that it is a common and widespread species, occurring in a stable habitat; therefore I recommend listing as Least Concern (LC).


Geographic range

Being recently described (Leacock et al. 2016), the distribution of Cantharellus chicagoensis remains poorly know.

Currently it is known from the lower Midwest of USA, (Iowa, southern Wisconsin and Illinois east into western New York, south to as least southern Ohio and Indiana, but likely more widespread than records currently indicate.


Population and Trends

The range of Cantharellus chicagoensis occurs over a widespread area, in hardwood forests across the Midwest and Mid Atlantic USA.  Data to indicate population trends is lacking, but based on the available data (Leacock et al. 2016, iNaturalist 2021), it can be inferred that it is a common and widespread species, occurring in a stable habitat.

Population Trend: Stable


Habitat and Ecology

Cantharellus chicagoensis is ectomycorrhizal with oaks (Quercus spp.) and possibly other hardwoods in young to mature forests. Fruiting in summer, often in large gregarious patches.

Temperate Forest

Threats

No specific threats have been identified with regards to this species.


Conservation Actions

No specific conservation actions is needed with regards to this species.


Research needed

More data on distribution and population size of this species.

Population size, distribution & trends

Use and Trade

Commonly collected by forgers and low scale commercial pickers as an edible species.

Food - human

Bibliography

iNaturalist. 2021. http://www.inaturalist.org. Accessed on March 02.

Leacock, P.R., Riddell, J., Wilson, A.W., Zhang, C. and Mueller, G.M. 2016. Cantharellus chicagoensis sp. nov. is supported by molecular and morphological analysis as a new yellow chanterelle in Midwestern United States. Mycologia 108(4): 765–772.


Country occurrence

Regional Population and Trends

Country Trend Redlisted