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Cantharellus minor Peck

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Scientific name
Cantharellus minor
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/198623289/198623834


Cantharellus minor is a common and widespread species in eastern North American hardwood forests. Its occurrence in a habitat with no major decline support this species being listed as Least Concern (LC).

Taxonomic notes

Cantharellus minor was described from New York, USA (Peck 1872). Cantharellus minor f. intensissimus was described from Tennessee, USA (Petersen 1979) as a small chanterelle with hemlock (Tsuga sp.): it is likely that this is a distinct species. Buyck et al. (2016) state that unpublished sequence data indicate one or more undescribed relatives of C. minor in North America; and records from outside of North America are likely to be misapplications of the name.

Geographic range

Cantharellus minor is a widespread species in eastern North America. It ranges from eastern Texas to Florida, north to Quebec, Canada. It has also reported from Mexico; although these collections should be critically compared to collections from north-eastern USA to clarify their identity.

Population and Trends

The population of Cantharellus minor is very widespread, occurring over much of eastern North American hardwood forests. The habitat is stable, and no decline has been reported. The potential Mexican subpopulations are declining due to habitat loss.

Population Trend: stable

Habitat and Ecology

Cantharellus minor is an ectomycorrhizal species, associated with oak (Quercus spp), and possibly other hardwoods. It often fruits in gregarious patches, on moss or in slightly disturbed areas in young to mature forests.


No specific threats have been identified with regards to this species in USA/Canada.

Conservation Actions

No specific conservation actions are needed with regards to this species. Modern taxonomic work on collections from across the range is needed, as Cantharellus minor appears to be a species complex. Collections from Mexico should be critically compared to collections from north-eastern USA to clarify their identity.

Use and Trade

Even though Cantharellus minor is edible, the small size discourages those collecting for food.

Source and Citation

Siegel, N. 2021. Cantharellus minor. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2021: e.T198623289A198623834. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2021-2.RLTS.T198623289A198623834.en .Accessed on 27 September 2023

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