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Cantharellus enelensis Voitk, Thorn, Lebeuf & J.I. Kim

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Scientific name
Cantharellus enelensis
Author
Voitk, Thorn, Lebeuf & J.I. Kim
Common names
 
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 enelensis is a recently described species from Newfoundland, Canada.

The limited data available suggest that it is a common and widespread species in northeast North American conifer forests.

Based on this, I recommend listing as Least Concern (LC).


Taxonomic notes

Cantharellus enelensis is a recently described member of the C. cibarius complex (Thorn et al. 2017).

Members of the C. cibarius complex in eastern North America are highly variable in macro morphological features, and with current knowledge, most are not identifiable to species without careful microscopic examination or even a DNA sequence.


Why suggested for a Global Red List Assessment?

Cantharellus enelensis is a recently described species from Newfoundland, Canada.

The limited data available suggest that it is a common and widespread species in northeast North American conifer forests.

Based on this, I recommend listing as Least Concern (LC).


Geographic range

The distribution of Cantharellus enelensis is poorly known at this time. It was described from Newfoundland, Canada (Thorn et al. 2017); they state that sequenced collections from Michigan and Illinois, USA, match C. enelensis. It is also reported from Quebec, Canada (Mycoquebec 2021). 
It appears likely that C. enelensis is a widespread species with conifers in northeast North America.


Population and Trends

Cantharellus enelensis is a newly described species (Thorn et al. 2017), and is difficult to distinguish from other members of the C. cibarius complex without a genetic sequence. Because of this, population size remains poorly known. Thorn et al. (2017) state it is “by far the most common and abundant chanterelle in Newfoundland and Labrador”.

Based on limited data, it appears likely that C. enelensis is a common and widespread species with conifers in northeast North America, in a stable habitat.

Population Trend: Stable


Habitat and Ecology

Cantharellus enelensis is an ectomycorrhizal species, associated with conifers; Thorn et al. (2017) mention fir (Abies) spruce (Picea) and White Pine (Pinus strobus).

Boreal ForestTemperate Forest

Threats

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


Conservation Actions

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


Research needed

A better understanding on population numbers, distribution, and trends of Cantharellus enelensis.


Use and Trade

Cantharellus enelensis is edible, and is commonly collected by foragers and small scale commercial pickers.

Food - human

Bibliography

Mycoquebec. 2021. https://www.mycoquebec.org/bas.php?l=r&nom=Cantharellus enelensis / Chanterelle commune&post=Cantharellus&gro=11&tag=Cantharellus enelensis

Thorn, R.G., Kim, J.I., Lebeuf, R. and Voitk, A. 2017.The golden chanterelles of Newfoundland and Labrador: a new species, a new record for North America, and a lost species rediscovered. Botany 95: 547–560.


Country occurrence

Regional Population and Trends

Country Trend Redlisted