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  2. Best to see entire mushrooms photographed from different perspectives so that all readily observable traits are seen... cap surfaces, gills, entire stems. Also, any notable odor, staining or bruising (ie. color change of flesh or other part of the mushroom), spore print color. Even after all of this it's sometimes necessary to examine microscopic aspects. I *think* these mushrooms are examples of Megacollybia rodmanii, but not 100% sure. Never eat a mushroom that has not been confidently IDed.
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  4. found these by a old tree stump. There are about 10 of them in groups of 2 or 3. They are stocky and rather large -- on average -- 4-5 inches although there are some at 2-3 inches. thanks.
  5. The second photo down is particularly useful in that it shows clearly that the gills are attached to the stalk. Otherwise the gills in early-maturity pink stage combined with the questionable presence of a partial veil may lead one to consider genus Pluteus. The 4th photo shows darker grayish gills that are more mature, which points away from Entoloma.
  6. My best guess for this is Picipes melanopus, an uncommon species in my experience. https://mushroomobserver.org/observer/show_observation/414233 https://mushroomobserver.org/379570?q=1nDDb . Formerly placed in genus Polyporus. Also, compare with Bresadolia craterells (formerly Polyporus craterellus). https://www.messiah.edu/Oakes/fungi_on_wood/poroid fungi/species pages/Bresadolia craterella.htm But, I like the first suggestion better, based upon what appear to be very small pores and cap surface lacking prominent scales.
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  8. What kind of mushroom is this?! Have googled extensively with no answers. It was found on a dead log near a stream of water. Many photos below- there was a main cluster of them in a rosette shape and some individuals. Please note no gills- undersides and sides appear to be smooth. No stem on any of them. Inside flesh is pure white. Smell is not distinct but my sense of smell is trash. Please help and much thanks!
  9. I think these are C. candolleanus... just rather small ones.
  10. Oh yeah... Here's a good one. Over the past maybe 30 years... Collybia luxurians ---> Gymnopus luxurians ---> Marasmiellus luxurians ---> Collybiopsis luxurians. These last three span less than 10 years. Often these changes are for good scientific reasons; for example when DNA mandates a taxonomic change of genus to accommodate the construction of phylogenetic trees, or the need for a new North American species name to replace an originally misapplied European name. But, sometimes a change is proposed for rather esoteric reasons like... Mycologist X originally proposed name X and then Mycologist Y proposed name Y to what they thought to be a novel species , but it was actually just X. Meanwhile DNA says there's a need for a new name for X, and so someone proposes a new name Z, writes it up, and Z is then adopted into the nomenclature. Then, someone else does some research and discovers that Mycologist Y had previously supplied what should now be the new name. So --according to the rules-- Z is then replaced by Y. Stuff kinda like that. Perhaps the craziest name-game change in recent history is what happened to the NA taxon formerly known as Suillus granulatus. It's now called Suillus weaverae. Because the new name is actually based upon an ID error some mushroom enthusiasts have taken a stand against using it. But, the name is legitimate. Long story. Some details found in the discussion under comments here https://mushroomobserver.org/318886 Look at the voting on the proposed names seen in this next linked MO observation https://mushroomobserver.org/242799?q=1nCz6 . BTW, the MO voter "else" is Else Vellinga, a prominent professional mycologist.
  11. I found some mushrooms around a stump in my back yard. They appear similar to Candolleomyces candolleana which were growing close by; but the cap size seemed a bit small, 3 cm, and the gills appeared broader and more distant. Gills look to be attached and have brown color. The spore print was brown color with a hint of purple. The stalk was smooth, hollow, and mostly white with traces of some light tan coloration. The cap was light brown with darker center. This mushroom was picked from a batch where some gills from the more mature specimens looked off white while others were the darker brown color. Unless there is a mix of species, I can't really determine what this mushroom might be. Any ideas? Thank you
  12. Thanks! Keeping up with new names can be a bit of a pain..
  13. I assume the location Manchester is the city in the United Kingdom. There's also a city called Manchester in the state of New Hampshire, USA. As for the mushrooms, we will have a much better chance to arrive at an ID if an entire fruit body is harvested and photographed from different perspectives... to show cap, underside (gills in this case), and the stipe including the base which may be buried. Often it is necessary to excavate to base of the stipe. Usually, it is sufficient to insert a knife blade into the ground and underneath the base in order to pop it out of the ground. Other ID features include spore print color and sometimes any notable odor. Also, it often helps to vertically section one mushroom so that the interior structure may be assessed. If in the UK, then Amanita rubescens look like a possibility. If in the USA then any of several similar species of Amanita --a few of which are currently unnamed.
  14. Correct! The new scientific name for "Common Psathyrella" is Candolleomyces candolleana.
  15. Limited details but looks like amanita
  16. Found this mushroom growing in patches around a tree stump in my backyard. Also noticed what appear to be the same type of mushroom growing on the stump. I tried a mushroom app and it suggested a Psathyrella. Looking through my field books, I think it's the Common Psathyrella (Psathyrella candolleana). The gills were close and attached with a brownish purplish aspect. The spore print is also brownish purplish. The stalk was hollow, white, and had a fibrous look to it. I could not really detect any partial veil or evanescent ring as per the field guide. The cap was an off white to light brown with the center having a more of a brown tint. Common Psathyrella??
  17. I received the sample yesterday. Dumped a bit of crushed material form a folded piece of wax paper, mounted in Melzers, and scoped. Spores are amyloid. Photo is taken through one eyepiece on my binocular scope. Viewed through my monocular scope --not as good but with reticle-- resolution was not quite good enough to tell the spores apart from the air bubbles. So --because I use photos through the mono scope to estimate measurements-- I don't have an update on dimensions. Amyloid spores eliminates the possibility of A. velatipes/subvelatipes. Assuming all three mushrooms represent the same species --I think so-- this says the section represented is either Phalloideae or Validae. (Sections Amidella and Lepidella feature much different morphology). The pigmented one is almost certainly not an example of any species in Phalloideae. Of the paler ones, the smaller shows some pigmentation on the cap. The only pigmented-capped Phalloideae I know from PA are A. phalloides and A. sturgeonii, and the mushrooms pictured do not look like either of these species. So, it looks like section Validae. The small size is wrong for A. brunnescens/aestivalis. So, I think this leaves two possibilities, A. solaniolens and A. lavendula group. Small size and early-season occurrence favors A. solaniolens. The darkest one is very likely an example of this species. The pale ones could psossibly be one of the species grouped under the heading A. lavendula group (formerly A. citrina). These types have globose/subglobose basal bulb similar to the ones seen in the photos. The basal bulb of A. solaniolens varies from specimen to specimen. Examples with roundish bulb are not uncommon. The basal bulb of A. lavendula is usually somewhat spongy/squishy, like a marshmallow. An interesting thing in genus Amanita is that at least some species occasionally occur in albino form. I think these are all A. solaniolens.
  18. I believe what you had was a true puff ball. Looks like there may have been a bug eating out the inside. Or just an abnormal growth with the hole inside Bummer. But hey you ever hear the old saying???? That there are only two types of mushroom hunters. There are the old mushroom hunters and there are the bold mushroom hunters…. But there are no old bold mushroom hunters
  19. Not to far away from us here in Southeast Indiana.
  20. My wife and I are noobs so let us know if you see anything noteworthy. Enjoy! (These were all found on our property)
  21. Definitely Ganoderma tsugae. The stipe-like connection to the tree (hemlock) is typical for this species.
  22. Thank you for the responses! Still not sure what it is. I have a bunch of other pretty awesome mushroom pictures I'll post.
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