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Cantharellus candicans (Pers.) Duby

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Scientific name
Cantharellus candicans
(Pers.) Duby
Common names
IUCN Specialist Group
Mushroom, Bracket and Puffball
Assessment status
Preliminary Assessed
Preliminary Category
Proposed by
Christine Tansey
James Westrip, Christine Tansey
Ibai Olariaga Ibarguren

Assessment Notes


There is limited information available from the type description of the species, and only one subsequent occurrence record of Cantharellus candicans. With a lack of occurrence data and information on the habitat and ecology of the species, it is not possible to assess the status of its population or distribution. It is therefore now assessed as Data Deficient.

Taxonomic notes

Cantharellus candicans was described in 1830 by J.E. Duby, but is listed as a homotypic synonym of Merulius candicans (described by C.H. Persoon in 1825). In truth it appears not to be a Cantharellus, instead being an agaric occurring on plant remnants (I. Olariaga Ibarguren in litt. 2022).

Why suggested for a Global Red List Assessment?

Chanterelle species to be assessed as part of the chanterelle comprehensive project.

Geographic range

The type description of Cantharellus candicans (as Merulius candicans), for which it is a homotypic synonym, states that it grows in France and England (Persoon 1825). No georeferenced occurrence data are available on GBIF (2020) for C. candicans, but there exists a specimen collected in Belgium from 1885 of M. candicans. No further, more recent information is available.

Population and Trends

With such limited data available, it is not possible to accurately estimate the current population size and trend.

Population Trend: Uncertain

Habitat and Ecology

The species is stated to be found growing in boggy situations with mosses (Persoon 1825, Candolle and Duby 1830).

Bogs, Marshes, Swamps, Fens, Peatlands [generally over 8 ha]


Without further information regarding its current status, no specific threats can be identified.

Conservation Actions

Research needed

Confirmation of its taxonomic status, population and distribution data and ecology are required to better assess this species.

TaxonomyPopulation size, distribution & trendsLife history & ecologyThreats

Use and Trade

There is no use/trade information.


Country occurrence

Regional Population and Trends

Country Trend Redlisted