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Cantharellus pseudomiomboensis De Kesel & Kasongo

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Scientific name
Cantharellus pseudomiomboensis
De Kesel & Kasongo
Common names
IUCN Specialist Group
Mushroom, Bracket and Puffball
Assessment status
Preliminary Assessed
Preliminary Category
Proposed by
James Westrip
James Westrip

Assessment Notes


Cantharellus pseudomiomboensis is currently only known from a small area of southern Democratic Republic of the Congo. However, it has been recorded in miombo woodland containing a range of tree species, and could have a far wider distribution. If the species were to be shown to restricted to only its known sites then it potentially could be Critically Endangered, but if it is more widespread across miombo woodland then it could be classed as Least Concern. With this high a level of uncertainty, then C. pseudomiomboensis is assessed as Data Deficient.

Taxonomic notes

Why suggested for a Global Red List Assessment?

Chanterelle project

Geographic range

All specimens of this species have been recorded from within 3 km of each other in southern Democratic Republic of the Congo, near Kisangwe (De Kesel et al. 2016). However, its associations may be broad, having been collected in miombo woodland containing Brachystegia microphylla, Julbernardia paniculata, J. globiflora, Marquesia macroura and Uapaca kirkiana (De Kesel et al. 2016), and so its distribution is likely to be greater than currently known.

Population and Trends

Ongoing deforestation in southern Democratic Republic of Congo is suspected to be causing population declines. Without further information regarding the full range of the species, though, it is not currently possible to accurately estimate the population size or quantify the trend.

Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology

This species occurs in miombo woodland. It is only known from a small area in southern Democratic Republic of the Congo at the moment, but it potentially could be more widespread, having been found in woodland containing Brachystegia microphylla, Julbernardia paniculata, J. globiflora, Marquesia macroura and Uapaca kirkiana (De Kesel et al. 2016).

Subtropical/Tropical Moist Lowland ForestSubtropical/Tropical Moist Montane ForestMoist Savana


Miombo woodlands are impacted by a range of threats, which could in turn impact this species. The most severe of these is likely to be the destruction of this habitat type through logging, in addition to clearance for agriculture (see Jew et al. 2016). Mining could prove to be an additional threat.

Small-holder farmingSmall-holder grazing, ranching or farmingMining & quarryingUnintentional effects: subsistence/small scale (species being assessed is not the target) [harvest]

Conservation Actions

Research needed

Further research to ascertain how widespread this species may be throughout Miombo woodlands, and to identify the host tree is required.

Population size, distribution & trendsLife history & ecology

Use and Trade

There is no specific information regarding the use/trade of this species.


Country occurrence

Regional Population and Trends

Country Trend Redlisted