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Cantharellus tricolor Buyck, Randrianj. & V. Hofst.

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Scientific name
Cantharellus tricolor
Buyck, Randrianj. & V. Hofst.
Common names
IUCN Specialist Group
Mushroom, Bracket and Puffball
Assessment status
Preliminary Assessed
Preliminary Category
Proposed by
James Westrip
James Westrip
Patrice Ravonjiarisoa

Assessment Notes


Cantharellus tricolor is known only from Madagascar. There does appear to be only one known site where it could occur in the absence of introduced vegetation, and so while it it tentatively treated as native here, more research is needed. It appears to occur over a large area in the country, and given its habitat preferences it is not suspected to be under any imminent threat. Therefore, it is assessed as Least Concern.

Taxonomic notes

Why suggested for a Global Red List Assessment?

Chanterelle project

Geographic range

Cantharellus tricolor is known only from Madagascar. The type specimen was collected from the vicinity of Ranomafana National Park, but further specimens have come from the east of the country, e.g. near Ambila Lemaitso, in Eucalyptus plantations in the Central Highlands, and from near Antananarivo, where it has been bought from local vendors (Ariyawansa et al. 2015).

Population and Trends

There is no quantitative information regarding the population size and trend.

Population Trend: Uncertain

Habitat and Ecology

This species has predominantly been found growing in introduced vegetation, although it has been recorded from one site where there is potentially only endemic vegetation (Ariyawansa et al. 2015).

Subtropical/Tropical Moist Lowland ForestSubtropical/Tropical Moist Montane ForestPlantationsIntroduced Vegetation


It is not thought to face any significant threats given its habitat preference.

Conservation Actions

Research needed

Work should be conducted to ascertain whether this species is strictly native to Madagascar, or whether it could be a result of an accidental introduction with plantations.

TaxonomyPopulation size, distribution & trendsLife history & ecology

Use and Trade

This species is sold by local vendors (Ariyawansa et al. 2015), presumably for consumption.

Food - human


Country occurrence

Regional Population and Trends

Country Trend Redlisted