HYDNACEAE family

Until recently, species of Cantharellus and Craterellus were in the Cantharellaceae family and the coral-like species of Clavulina and Multiclavula were in the Clavulinaceae family. The Cantharellaceae family no longer exists and species in the generas Cantharellus and Craterellus are now nested within the Hydnaceae family. They are, of course, genetically related. Molecular and morphological analysis has revealed that there are numerous species within the Cantharellus cibarius complex, with more to be discovered. Among those currently known east of the Rockies are Cantharellus persicinus, Cantharellus flavus, Cantharellus enelensis, Cantharellus phasmatis, Cantharellus lateritius, Cantharellus appalachiensis, Cantharellus confluens, Cantharellus velutinus, Cantharellus spectataculus, Cantharellus tabernensis, Cantharellus camphoratus and Cantharellus chicagoensis. Not all of these are found in the northeast. There are currently about sixteen species of Hydnum found in eastern North America. Few can be distinguished by observable morphological features alone.