- Scientific name
- Cantharellus chicagoensis
- Leacock, J. Riddell, Rui Zhang & G.M. Muell.
- Common names
- Chicago chanterelle
- IUCN Specialist Group
- Mushroom, Bracket and Puffball
- Assessment status
- Assessment date
- IUCN Red List Category
- Siegel, N.
- Dahlberg, A.
occurs over a widespread area, in hardwood forests across the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic USA. Data to estimate population trends is lacking, but based on the available data it can be inferred that it is a common and widespread species, occurring in a stable habitat. Therefore, it is assessed as Least Concern (LC).
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
, a European species not known to occur in North America.
Being recently-described (Leacock et al.
2016), the distribution of Cantharellus chicagoensis
remains poorly known. 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 is likely more widespread than records currently indicate.
Population and Trends
The range of Cantharellus chicagoensis covers a wide area, in hardwood forests across the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic USA. Data to indicate population trends are 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
is ectomycorrhizal with oaks (Quercus
spp.) and possibly other hardwoods in young to mature forests. Fruiting occurs in summer, often in large gregarious patches.
No specific threats have been identified with regards to this species.
No specific conservation actions are needed with regards to this species. More data on distribution and population size should be collected, though.
Use and Trade
This species is commonly collected by forgers and small-scale commercial pickers as an edible species.
Source and Citation
Siegel, N. 2021. Cantharellus chicagoensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2021: e.T198622834A198623653. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2021-2.RLTS.T198622834A198623653.en
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