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Cantharellus corallinus Buyck & V. Hofst.

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Scientific name
Cantharellus corallinus
Buyck & V. Hofst.
Common names
IUCN Specialist Group
Mushroom, Bracket and Puffball
Assessment status
Proposed by
Noah Siegel
Comments etc.
Noah Siegel

Assessment Notes

Taxonomic notes

Cantharellus corallinus is a recently described member of the C. cinnabarinus complex (Buyck et al. 2016), and for years has been recorded under the name C. cinnabarinus.

Why suggested for a Global Red List Assessment?

Proposing as part of the global IUCN project to assess Cantharellus species. Cantharellus corallinus is a member of the C. cinnabarinus complex. Currently known from Missouri to Indiana, USA, but being recently described (2016) date is lacking, and range is likely throughout the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic region.

Until range, population size and habitat can be defined, this species should be listed as Data Deficient (DD).

Geographic range

Range of this species is largely unknown; being a recently described member of the Cantharellus cinnabarinus complex. It was described from near St Louis, Missouri, USA. Voucher and sequenced confirmed collections occur east into Indiana. Species range is probably much wider than currently known; likely throughout the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic region.

Population and Trends

Being a recently described, and ‘cryptic’ species, little is known of population or trends.
Recognizing this species, (ie. distinguishing it from C. cinnabarinus) from photographs or in the field will go a far way in starting to understand population dynamics.

Population Trend: Uncertain

Habitat and Ecology

Ectomycorrhizal, likely with oaks, (Quercus spp) and possibly with other hardwoods. Little has been reported about the ecology for this species; more research is needed.


None identified.

Conservation Actions

Research needed

Range, habitat association, and key identification features of Cantharellus corallinus should be expounded on. Records of C. cinnabarinus should be scrutinized, as some may be C. corallinus.

Use and Trade

This species is edible, and is collected for food.

Food - human


Buyck, B., Olariaga, I., Justice, J., Lewis, D., Roody, W. and Hofstetter, V. 2016. The Dilemma of Species Recognition in the Field When Sequence Data are not in Phase with Phenotypic Variability. Cryptogamie Mycologie 37: 367-389.


Country occurrence

Regional Population and Trends

Country Trend Redlisted