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Cantharellus flavolateritius Buyck & V. Hofst.

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Scientific name
Cantharellus flavolateritius
Buyck & V. Hofst.
Common names
IUCN Specialist Group
Mushroom, Bracket and Puffball
Assessment status
Assessment date
IUCN Red List Category
Siegel, N.
Dahlberg, A.

Assessment Notes

The content on this page is fetched from The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species: https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/198623019/198623770


Cantharellus flavolateritius appears to be a common species in hardwood forests in the eastern United States. The actual distribution remains poorly known, due to the limited morphological features which distinguish it from C. lateritius. The limited data suggest that this is a common and widespread species which occurs in a stable habitat; therefore it is assessed as Least Concern (LC).

Taxonomic notes

Cantharellus flavolateritius was a cryptic member of the Cantharellus lateritius complex until described in Buyck et al. (2016).

Geographic range

Cantharellus flavolateritius is a recently described species, formerly lumped under the name C. lateritius. Distinguishing C. flavolateritius from C. lateritius strictly by macro-morphology features is not possible, so the exact extent of the range of C. flavolateritius remains poorly-known. Sequenced confirmed collections come from North Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, Arkansas, and Indiana (MyCoPortal 2021) suggesting it is widespread in the eastern USA.

Population and Trends

The population status of Cantharellus flavolateritius is poorly known, being recently described, and most collections have been recorded under the name C. lateritius. Based on the available data (Buyck et al. 2016, MyCoPortal 2021) it can be inferred that it is a common and widespread species, occurring in a stable habitat.

Population Trend: stable

Habitat and Ecology

Cantharellus flavolateritius is ectomycorrhizal with hardwoods, especially with oaks (Quercus spp.) in young to mature forests. Fruiting occurs in summer, often in large gregarious patches.


No specific threats have been identified with regards to this species.

Conservation Actions

No specific conservation actions are needed with regards to this species. Research is needed to identify ways to distinguish Cantharellus flavolateritius from C. lateritius in the field and from photographs to get a better idea of the range and habitat of both species.

Use and Trade

This species is commonly collected by forgers and small-scale commercial pickers as an edible species.

Source and Citation

Siegel, N. 2021. Cantharellus flavolateritius. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2021: e.T198623019A198623770. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2021-2.RLTS.T198623019A198623770.en .Accessed on 3 October 2023

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