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Chromosera viola (J. Geesink & Bas) Vizzini & Ercole

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Scientific name
Chromosera viola
(J. Geesink & Bas) Vizzini & Ercole
Common names
Violette Saftling
IUCN Specialist Group
Mushroom, Bracket and Puffball
Assessment status
Proposed by
Nicolas Schwab
Comments etc.
Nicolas Schwab

Assessment Notes

Taxonomic notes

Current name:
Chromosera viola (J. Geesink & Bas) Vizzini & Ercole 2012
Hygrocybe viola J. Geesink & Bas 1985
Cuphophyllus viola (J. Geesink & Bas) Bon 1989

Why suggested for a Global Red List Assessment?

This rare striking Hygrophoraceae species is recorded in less than 50 localities. Its geographic range is restricted to temperate and Mediterranean Europe

Geographic range

This species is endemic to Europe and restricted to temperate and Mediterranean areas.

Population and Trends

Population trend unknown. Under 50 records in the world with even less localities.
Chromosera viola is easy to identify due to its color and small size. It could eventually be confused with other species of Chromosera or Omphalina demissa. Possibly overlooked due to its small size.

Population Trend: Uncertain

Habitat and Ecology

Chromosera viola is found in broadleaved or mixed forests, on moist loam, among mosses and algae or not. Tree species recorded in the direct environment are Fagus, Quercus, Pinus, Picea, Populus and Castanea. The trophic status of Chromosera species is not fully understood yet.

Temperate Forest


Conservation Actions

Conservation actions in place :
No conservation action known.

Research needed

Geographic presence, habitat and ecology needs to be assessed.

Population size, distribution & trendsLife history & ecologyThreats

Use and Trade

There is no use and trade known.



Friebes G. & Gallé A. (2014) Chromosera viola, neu für Österreich. Austrian J. Mycol. 23: 199-202
Sánchez L. & Gibert Y.S. (2015) Chromosera viola (J. Geesink & Bas) Vizzini & Ercole 2012, un espectacular especie localizada en Cataluña. Revista Catalana de Micologia 36: 29-32.
Lodge D.J. et al. (2013) Molecular phylogeny, morphology, pigment chemistry and ecology in Hygrophoraceae (Agaricales). Fungal Diversity 64: 1-99.
Fluri H. (2009) Der Pilz des Monats 4. Der Violette Saftling. Ein Aufsehen erregender Erstfund aus dem Napfgebiet. Schweiz. Zeit. Pilzk. 88(2): 55-58.
Arnolds E. (1986) Notes on Hygrophoraceae – VI. Observations on some new taxa in Hygrocybe. Persoonia 13(1): 57-68.
Arnolds E. (1985) Notes on Hygrophorus – IV. New species and new combinations in Hygrophoraceae. Persoonia 12(4): 475-478

Country occurrence

Regional Population and Trends

Country Trend Redlisted