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Cantharellus albidosquamosus Buyck, T.W. Henkel & V. Hofst.

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Scientific name
Cantharellus albidosquamosus
Buyck, T.W. Henkel & V. Hofst.
Common names
IUCN Specialist Group
Mushroom, Bracket and Puffball
Assessment status
Assessment date
IUCN Red List Category
Westrip, J.R.S.
Dahlberg, A.

Assessment Notes

The content on this page is fetched from The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species: https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/189958995/217823998


Cantharellus albidosquamosus has only recently been described. It is currently only known from the Dja Biosphere Reserve in Cameroon, collected from Gilbertiodendron forest. If the species were to be restricted to this area there is a possibility that it could qualify as Critically Endangered, but at the same time Gilbertiodendron forest can be found across Central Africa and so with further surveys the species could actually be very widespread. Given the high levels of uncertainty, C. albidosquamosus is assessed as Data Deficient.

Geographic range

Cantharellus albidosquamosus is a recently described species of chanterelle, recorded only from the Dja Biosphere Reserve in Cameroon (Rossi et al. 2020).

Population and Trends

If this species is restricted to the Dja Biosphere Reserve, then it is plausible that the population size could be extremely small (despite being referred to a gregarious in Rossi et al. 2020). However, there is a large amount of suitable habitat throughout Central Africa, and so it is also plausible that this species will be found to be more widespread, and its population size could be very large too.

Population Trend: unknown

Habitat and Ecology

The genus Cantharellus consists of species that form ectomycorrhizal associations with trees. This species has been collected from Gilbertiodendron forest at low elevations (recorded at 650 m asl) under Uapaca sp. and G. dewevrei (Rossi et al. 2020).


Forest clearance for agriculture and logging could be impacting the species, depending on the full extent of its range.

Conservation Actions

Further research throughout Gilbertiodendron rainforests needs to be conducted to search for this species, ascertain its full range and a better understanding of its ecology.

Source and Citation

Westrip, J.R.S. 2022. Cantharellus albidosquamosus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2022: e.T189958995A217823998. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2022-2.RLTS.T189958995A217823998.en .Accessed on 23 December 2023

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