There is a paucity of information regarding this species, and taxonomic doubts as to its validity. Therefore, Cantharellus elegans is assessed as Data Deficient.
Keissler (1917) states that this name should be discarded because the type description is not sufficient for accurate identification. Keissler (1917) further states that the specimen found does not appear to relate to what Sauter collected (different location, and inscription is not in Sauter’s handwriting), and the type appears to be missing. This should not be confused with the nom. illeg. Cantharellus elegans Berk. & Broome.
Why suggested for a Global Red List Assessment?
Cantharellus elegans was described in Sauter (1841) from a specimen collected in 1837 from near to Mittersill in Austria.
Population and Trends
The population size and trend are unknown.
Population Trend: Uncertain
Habitat and Ecology
This species was originally collected in October from the moss Dicranum scoparium at an altitude of 4,500 feet (c. 1,370 m) (Sauter 1841). This plant species occurs in a variety of habitat types (see Campisi and Cogoni 2019), but no clear indication is given of the habitat that this fungus was collected from.
Further information is required before a clear investigation of the threats it faces can be done.
First of all taxonomic work is required to identify whether this is a valid species or not. If it is found to be a good species then work to locate it in the wild should be conducted to get an indication of the habitat requirements, as well as the full range, population size and trend.
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