Genus Craterellus Pers.

Mycol. eur. (Erlanga) 2: 4 (1825)

Type: Craterellus cornucopioides (L.) Pers. 1825 [Peziza cornucopioides L. 1753]

These trumpets or funnel chanterelles go by several common names. Finding them is a challenge when they blend in with the fallen leaves. Sometimes they favor patches of moss. Damp forests and bogs are places to look for certain species.

Around Chicago, trumpets have been found from July 18th to September 30th (to early October in Wisconsin). This is a somewhat shorter season than the yellow chanterelles. The following species are known from here, though others may occur, such as Cr. cinereus (not yet documented by specimen).

  1. Cr. fallax (uncommon, old records as Cr. cornucopioides).
  2. Cr. foetidus (rare, was mistaken for Cr. cinereus).
  3. Cr. ignicolor (rare, old records as Cantharellus ignicolor).
  4. Cr. tubaeformis (rare, old records as Cantharellus infundibuliformis).
  5. unknown 1918 specimen in the Pseudocraterellus group (to be determined).
Species concepts have changed over time with various lumping and splitting of names. Craterellus fallax is now treated separately from Cr. cornucopioides based on ITS data (Matheny et al. 2010). See that paper for a discussion of ITS and LSU sequence data.
Related links:
Dahlman M., E. Danell, J. W. Spatafora. 2000. Molelcular systematics of Craterellus: cladistic analysis of nuclear LSU rDNA sequence data. Mycol Res 104: 388–394.
Matheny, P. B., E. A. Austin, J. M. Birkebak, A. D. Wolfenbarge. 2010. Craterellus fallax, a Black Trumpet mushroom from eastern North America with a broad host range. Mycorrhiza 20: 569–575.
Wikipedia : Craterellus
Taxon links:
17398 MycoBank ; Index Fungorum ; Species Fungorum

Note. The genus name Craterellus has been conserved.