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Cornish Red Data (2009)

The descriptive text, below the map, is from the Cornish Red Data Book (2009). The map on this web page depicts the organisms distribution and shows the records made pre-2000 and those made since.

Hericium coralloides - Coral Tooth

Range & Status

A weakly parasitic or saprotrophic species found on living and dead wood, usually dead standing trunks of Beech Fagus sylvatica and very occasionally Ash Fraxinus excelsior in old deciduous woodland. A rare species known from widely scattered sites in England, mainly in the southern counties. There are only two Cornish records: Bryher in the Isles of Scilly where it was found under a plank of wood (1967), and near St. Allen (1974). This species is on the UK BAP List of Priority Species 2007.


I.J. Bennallick, S. Board, C.N. French, P.A. Gainey, C. Neil, R. Parslow, A. Spalding and P.E. Tompsett. eds. 2009. Red Data Book for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. 2nd Edition.Croceago Press.

The Cornish Red Data Book Project was led by the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Federation for Biological Recorders (CISFBR). The full text and species accounts (minus the maps) are available on the CISFBR website.