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Cantharellus imperatae Cleland & Cheel

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Scientific name
Cantharellus imperatae
Cleland & Cheel
Common names
IUCN Specialist Group
Mushroom, Bracket and Puffball
Assessment status
Preliminary Category
Proposed by
Adam Liddle
Adam Liddle
Comments etc.
James Westrip

Assessment Notes


This species is known only from Neutral Bay, Sidney, as described in, ‘Transactions and proceedings of the Royal Society of South Australia 1919’. Information regarding any further collections of this species appears to be lacking. It is unknown whether this species remains at its known locality, however if any populations do exist, they are likely to be threatened by human disturbance. Due to a deficiency in information regarding the current status and locations of any wild populations of this species, this species is listed as DD until new information arises regarding this deficiency.

Taxonomic notes

Why suggested for a Global Red List Assessment?

Chanterelle species

Geographic range

This species has been reported in the past growing on a patch of grass (Imperata arundinacea) in successive years at Neutral Bay, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia (Transactions and proceedings of the Royal Society of South Australia 1919). Since this initial description, there don’t appear to be any further records of this species.

Population and Trends

Because the status of the current wild population of this species can’t at this time be verified, and because no records exist under protection, the current population trends of this species are uncertain.

Population Trend: Uncertain

Habitat and Ecology

This species has been observed to occur on a patch of grass in Neutral Bay, Sidney, especially after heavy rains after the Imperata arundinacea grass has been burnt. It has been found attached in small gregarious masses to the bases of the stems near the ground (Transactions and proceedings of the Royal Society of South Australia 1919). This species is therefore thought to occupy subtropical or temperate grassland.

Temperate GrasslandSubtropical/Tropical Dry Lowland GrasslandSubtropical/Tropical Seasonally Wet/Flooded Lowland Grassland


As this species is thought to exist at Neutral Bay, Sidney, any remaining wild populations are likely to be threatened by human disturbance, including for urban development and for recreation.

Housing & urban areasCommercial & industrial areasTourism & recreation areasRecreational activitiesWork & other activities

Conservation Actions

As the current state of any remaining wild populations of this species cannot be determined at this time, no conservation action can be recommended.

Research needed

Further research is needed to confirm the existence of this species in the wild, and specifically at Neutral Bay, in order to assess the potential threats acting upon this species and to assess its population trends.

Population size, distribution & trendsThreats

Use and Trade


Country occurrence

Regional Population and Trends

Country Trend Redlisted