Genera & Species

C. amarellus

Chalciporus Bataille

Three species are known in Europe. Fruitbody boletoid. Tubes yellow, yellow cinnamon or carmine. Flesh acrid or bitterish.

Chalciporus amarellus (Quél.) Bataille

Cap up to 8 cm, at first hemispherical then expanding to convex or almost flat, ivory, cream, pale ochraceous, yellowish, rarely spotted pinkish or reddish. Stipe cylindrical or ventricose, usually tapering towards the base, yellowish, below the tubes tinted carmine. Flesh cream or yellowish, yellow in the stipe base, unchanging when exposed to air. Tubes carmine or pinkish red, unchanging when exposed to air. Pores carmine or pinkish red, unchanging when bruised. Smell not distinctive. Taste slightly acrid or bitterish. Spores 10–13 × 4–5 μm.

Habitat. Coniferous forests, mycorrhizal with spruce (Picea), pines (Pinus) and probably fir (Abies).

Distribution. Scattered in Europe, but everywhere rare and localized.

Similarity. Rubinoboletus rubinus is similar and might be confused with Chalciporus amarellus. Rubinoboletus rubinus however has different cap colour, spores of different size and shape, and grows under broadleaf trees.

Note. There are some taxonomical and nomenclatural problems with the name of this species. Klofac (2006) considers that the name Chalciporus amarellus is misapplied, while other obstacles prevent the use of other possible names. According to Klofac Chalciporus pierrhuguesii is not described in its “most typical appearence”, Chalciporus pseudorubinus is invalid and the delimitation of Chalciporus xanthocystis is based on inconsistent characters. Here, I prefer to keep the name C. amarellus until solution of this problem is achieved.


Chalciporus amarellus

Fruitbodies of Chalciporus amarellus. (photo B. Assyov)

Chalciporus amarellus

Fruitbodies of Chalciporus amarellus. (photo D. Sofronis)

Chalciporus amarellus

Pores of Chalciporus amarellus. Note the typical pinkish colour. (photo B. Assyov)

Chalciporus amarellus

The original illustration of Boletus pierrhuguesii, a name considered a synonym of Chalciporus amarellus.

Important literature

Alessio, C.L. 1985. Boletus Dill. ex L. (sensu lato). – In: Fungi Europaei. Vol. 2. Pp. 1–705. Libreria editrice Biella Giovanna, Saronno.

Estadès, A. & Lannoy, G. 2004. Les bolets européens. – Bulletin Mycologique et Botanique Dauphiné-Savoie 44(3): 3–79.

Galli, R. 1998. I Boleti. Atlante pratico-monographico per la determinazione dei boleti. Edinatura, Milano.

Klofac, W. 2006. Die Gattung Chalciporus, ein weltweiter Überblick. – Österreichische Zeitschrift für Pilzkunde 15: 31–65. (available online, 12.9 MB PDF)

Lannoy, G. & Estadès, A. 2001. Les Bolets. Flore mycologique d’Europe. Documents Mycologiques Mémoire Hors série no. 6. Pp. 1–163. Association d’Écologie et de Mycologie, Lille.

Muñoz, J.A. 2005. Boletus s. l. – In: Fungi Europaei. Vol. 1. Pp. 1951. Edizioni Candusso, Alassio.

Pilát, A. & Dermek, A. 1974. Hríbovité huby. Československé hríbovité a sliziakovité huby (BoletaceaeGomphidiaceae). Veda, Bratislava.

Šutara, J., Mikšík, M. & Janda, V. 2009. Hřibovité houby. Čeled’ Boletaceae a rody Gyrodon, Gyroporus, Boletinus a Suillus. Academia, Praha.