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Cantharellus persicinus R.H. Petersen

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Scientific name
Cantharellus persicinus
R.H. Petersen
Common names
IUCN Specialist Group
Mushroom, Bracket and Puffball
Assessment status
Assessment date
IUCN Red List Category
Siegel, N.
Dahlberg, A.

Assessment Notes

The content on this page is fetched from The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species: https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/198623075/198624237


Cantharellus persicinus is a widely distributed chanterelle in eastern USA, but with a limited number of records. However, many reported collections of C. persicinus are the pink or peach forms of C. velutinus. There is only a poor knowledge of the full distribution, abundance, trend and ecology of the species, but based on the range and the fact that it comes from a habitat that appears to not be under significant threat, C. persicinus is tentatively assessed as Least Concern here, but further work is encouraged.

Taxonomic notes

Cantharellus persicinus was described from Tennessee, USA (Petersen 1985). Cantharellus spectaculus (Foltz et al. 2013), described from Wisconsin, is a synonym (Buyck et al. 2016a). The name C. persicinus has been misapplied to the pink or peach forms of C. velutinus (Buyck et al. 2016b) in field guides (e.g. Roody 2003) and online platforms such as iNaturalist, Mushroom Observer, and MyCoPortal (2021), and Mushroom Expert (Kuo 2015). Many observations reported under the name C. persicinus on these sites are in fact C. velutinus.

Geographic range

The distribution of Cantharellus persicinus remains poorly-known due to the misapplication of the name C. persicinus to pink specimens of C. velutinus. Most records come from the southern Appalachian Mountains in South Carolina, North Carolina and Tennessee, and sequenced-confirmed collections come from Ohio, Indiana, Missouri, and Wisconsin. Based on better-known species of Cantharellus with similar distribution patterns, this species should be expected to occur in southern New England.

Population and Trends

Population size and trends of this species are difficult to assess, due to the misapplication of the name C. persicinus to pink specimens of C. velutinus. There was only a single observation on iNaturalist and two on Mushroom Observer (March 5th, 2021) correctly identified. Most observations on these sites referred to as C. persicinus pertained to other Cantharellus species. Even though records come from a widespread area, there are a limited number of confirmed reports of this species. A concerted effort to document C. persicinus is needed before any assessment can be made on population numbers.

Population Trend: unknown

Habitat and Ecology

This species is ectomycorrhizal; associated with oak (Quercus spp.) and possibly other hardwoods. Most records show a small number of fruit bodies, suggesting a solitary or scattered fruiting habit.


No specific threats have been identified at this time with regards to this species. However, more information is needed to make an assessment on potential threats.

Conservation Actions

No specific conservation actions have been identified with regards to this species at this time. Well documented C. persicinus collections are needed with detailed habitat notes, and a better understanding on population numbers, distribution, and trends is required.

Use and Trade

This species is edible, but likely rarely collected because of its small size and infrequent fruiting.

Source and Citation

Siegel, N. 2021. Cantharellus persicinus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2021: e.T198623075A198624237. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2021-2.RLTS.T198623075A198624237.en .Accessed on 26 September 2023

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