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Cantharellus concinnus Berk.

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Scientific name
Cantharellus concinnus
Common names
Australian Chanterelle
IUCN Specialist Group
Mushroom, Bracket and Puffball
Assessment status
Preliminary Assessed
Preliminary Category
Proposed by
Adam Liddle
James Westrip, Adam Liddle

Assessment Notes


This species is widespread across Australia, occurring most prominently on the southeastern coast. While it is widely reported, it appears to only be observed fruiting in mature, undisturbed areas. The impacts of the 2019-20 bushfire season could have severely impacted the species, and with the potential for increasing frequency of such fires the species could potentially be significantly under threat (e.g. potentially Critically Endangered under criterion A4). At the same time, though, it does have a very wide range, remains well reported from southeastern areas and its ability to persist in the soil after fire events is not known. Thus it could currently not approach the thresholds for consideration as threatened. With this high level of uncertainty regarding the final category (anything from LC to CR), Cantharellus concinnus is assessed as Data Deficient.

Taxonomic notes

Why suggested for a Global Red List Assessment?

Chanterelle species

Geographic range

The type specimen of this species was collected from Pennant Hills, near Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia (Pegler 1965). This species is abundant across Australia, with the majority of records coming from the southeast of the country, and from Tasmania, however multiple recordings have been made to the north and to the west (iNaturalist 2023).

Population and Trends

This species is widespread across Australia, and so the overall population size is likely to be extremely large. Land conversion and the impacts of fire seasons are likely to have impacted the species. The 2019-20 fire season in particular impacted a core part of its range in southeastern Australia (see Baranowski et al. 2021), and it has been noted how the species may not occur in burnt areas (Robinson and Tunsell 2007). Therefore, there is the potential that the species may have declined significantly. That said, the species does remain widely reported in the southeast, it is not treated as a conservation priority in Victoria (Dell et al. 2020) and the species’ exact relationship with fire is uncertain. For instance, while it may be assumed that high intensity fires may kill the species, it is unknown whether it may persist in the soil after low intensity fires, potentially lying dormant and not fruiting until the forest has regenerated sufficiently. Therefore, further information is required before an accurate quantification of the species’ decline can be calculated.

Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology

This species is known to be widespread across Australia. This species fruits in groups or clusters on the ground in mixed forests of Casuarina and Eucalyptus (Young 2005). It appears to show a preference for mature forest and undisturbed habitats (Gates et al. 2005, Ratkowsky 2007, Robinson and Tunsell 2007).

Subtropical/Tropical Moist Lowland Forest


This species appears to show a preference for mature forest and undisturbed habitats (Gates et al. 2005, Ratkowsky 2007). Therefore, it could be inferred that this species is likely to be impacted by land clearance for agriculture, urbanisation and deforestation for timber harvesting. Further research is needed to confirm these inferences. Robinson and Tunsell (2007) also did not note the species is burnt areas of Eucalyptus forest, and so the effects of fire on the species’ population as a whole may warrant further investigation.

Housing & urban areasScale Unknown/UnrecordedScale Unknown/UnrecordedIncrease in fire frequency/intensity

Conservation Actions

It occurs in protected areas (e.g. Lamington National Park; Young et al. 2004).

Resource & habitat protection

Research needed

Further research is required for this species. In particular this should focus on the species’ ability to tolerate fire, in terms of its long-term persistence in the soil after burning events. This would then help to inform the overall population trend calculation.

Population size, distribution & trendsLife history & ecology

Use and Trade


Country occurrence

Regional Population and Trends

Country Trend Redlisted