Red Chanterelle Mushroom – 7/11/20

Observer: Lonnie Friedman

Observation Date: 7/11/20

Observation Time: 3:20 p.m.

Observation Location: Moose Hill Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary

Common Name: Red Chanterelle Mushroom

Scientific Name: Cantharellus cinnabarinus

Comments: Red chanterelles are fungi native to eastern North America. They are members of the genus Cantharellus along with other chanterelles. They are named after their red color, which is imparted by the carotenoid canthaxanthin. They are edible, fruiting in association with hardwood trees in the summer and fall.

It looks like something was chewing on the red chanterelles in these photos. It is a bad idea to ingest wild mushrooms unless you are absolutely certain you know what your are eating, because many mushrooms are poisonous.

More Information: iNaturalist