Observation 26756: Cantharellus phasmatis M.J. Foltz & T.J. Volk
When: 2009-09-10
No herbarium specimen


[admin – Sat Aug 14 02:03:56 +0000 2010]: Changed location name from ‘Norwich, Windsor Co., Vermont, USA’ to ‘Norwich, Vermont, USA

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Recognized by sight
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Recognized by sight: This is a newly described species. The cap is yellow to orange, but the stipe and hymenophore are white, with a slightly pink spore print. phasmatis means “ghostly”
Used references: Foltz, M. J., Perez, K., Thomas J. Volk. 2013. Molecular phylogeny and morphology reveals three new species of Cantharellus within 20 meters of one another in western Wisconsin, USA.. Mycologia 105:447-461.

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not western
By: Tom Volk (TomVolk)
2013-04-10 21:53:22 CDT (-0400)

Hi Herb. if you read the paper we answer those questions. The only chanterelle species we have seen jump the Rockies is Cantharellus roseocanus.The others seem to be quite regional.

We have some sequences of other chanterelles from the northeast, but we have not yet systematically sampled.

Cantharellus pallidifolis is a name we considered for this species (C. phasmatis), but no one can get DNA from the type specimen, so we prefer to use a new name to avoid confusion. Besides that, variety names are not protected as older names for a species. We also describe that in the paper. Hope this helps.

By: Erlon (Herbert Baker)
2013-04-10 16:27:23 CDT (-0400)

I would venture to guess that these northeastern species are not conspicific with the western entities. Tom, has any molecular work been done on the northeastern chanterelles?

By: Tom Volk (TomVolk)
2013-04-08 16:40:00 CDT (-0400)

we have specimens or DNA sequences from Wisconsin. We don’t know the extent of the distribution yet. perhaps through the upper midwest and the northeast?

Cool beans, Tom!
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2013-04-08 15:46:44 CDT (-0400)

Thanks for updating the MO obsies. I saw your paper (but haven’t yet read it) in Mycologia online.

Phasmatis…great name for a ghostly pale chanterelle.

What is its distribution? Or are y’all still working that one out?

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