Cantharellus neocaledonicus is an endemic species of New Caledonia. There are collection records scattered in the north and the south of the island, but it is considered to be the most common chanterelle there and so it is assumed to occur across New Caledonia. Any specific threats to the species are unknown, but with multiple potential hosts it is unlikely that this species is currently facing a high risk of extinction. Therefore, C. neocaledonicus is assessed as Least Concern.
Why suggested for a Global Red List Assessment?
This species is endemic to New Caledonia. The type collection was made at Poum, and there have been further collections at this site, as well as at Mt. Koghi and col d’Arama (Buyck 2014). It is also noted as the most common chanterelle in New Caledonia (Buyck 2014), so these collection sites are assumed to represent just a small part of its full range.
Population and Trends
Information regarding the threats to this species appears to be deficient, although several species with which this species is known to associate could themselves be threatened. Until further research is carried out, this species’ population trends remain uncertain. It is considered to be the most common chanterelle in New Caledonia (Buyck 2014).
Population Trend: Uncertain
Habitat and Ecology
At the type locality it was found growing on silico-argilaceous soil with various plants (Melaleuca quinquenervia, Acacia spirorbis, Alphitaria neocaledonica and other shrubs) (Buyck 2014). It seems to be associated with Melaleuca quinquenervia and/or Acacia spirorbis (Buyck 2014).