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  1. Are these mushrooms robust, with fairly thick stalks? Or are they small/fragile with thin stalks? To discuss mushroom ID it is usually necessary to see examples of the entire mushrooms.
  2. Is the young one seen in the top 4 photos the same species as the old ones seen in the bottom photo? I think if the spore print was allowed to develop over a longer time period, you would get a thicker print and the color would appear much darker. One species to check is Psathyrella rugocephala (aka, Lacrymaria rugocephala). There seems to be a fair amount of confusion about this species. Most field guides list it as a look-alike for Psathyrella delineata. But, as per a discussion I recently had, there appears to be evidence to suggest that this species is more similar to Lacrymaria lacrymabunda (quite common). The mushroom seen in the top 4 photos reminds me of L. lacrymabunda, only with a radially wrinkled cap. Not much info seems to be available on P/L. rugocephala. Here's Mushroom Expert on L. lacrymabunda (aka. L. velutina). https://www.mushroomexpert.com/lacrymaria_velutina.html
  3. Actually, this one looks to be in good condition. I checked a couple other possibilities; white spored saprobic species that occur in Spring. Bonomyces sinopicus has decurrent gills and is colored reddish-brown. Also, habitat does not check. Neolentinus lepideus. I think this should be considered. Although mushrooms of this species often have decurrent gills, this is not always the case. Gill attachment for N. lepideus is variable. I wonder if there may be a piece of wood buried under the mulch/chips? N. lepideus grows on --usually large-- pieces of conifer wood, stumps, or logs. If correct, the flesh of this mushroom should be quite firm.
  4. I have no info regarding how common is this type mushroom --nor any of the Gymnopilus species-- in the UK.
  5. Viewed this post for a minute a few days ago, and then forgot to return to it. No confident proposal. The gill edges appear to be crenulate and marginate (darker color). Seems like this should be readily identifiable. Maybe there's something I'm just not thinking of. The mushroom reminds me of genus Tricholomopsis. T. rutilans is a species that is often found during the latter part of Spring. But, T. rutilans generally shows more color, yellow gills and reddish/purplish scales on the cap. Here's an example from last year of a mushroom IDed as T. rutilans that appears to lack the prominent color https://mushroomobserver.org/380255?q=1E4ty T. formosa has a cap with prominent brown scales. https://mushroomobserver.org/image/show_image/544083?obs=211932 But I don't think it's either of these species.
  6. Very likely these represent some species of Gymnopilus. One of the caps appears to show a patch of bluish stain. If so, then these may be something other than G. junonius (which reportedly does not stain). Also, the scaly cap surface is not typical for G. junonius. Maybe consider G. aeruginosus. The robust types of Gymnopilus can be tricky to ID to exact species, and some mycologists believe that the name G. junonius represents a cluster of similar species.
  7. Auricularia (third photo down); Tremella (yellow, second photo); white growth in first photo...?
  8. Need a lot more than this to make a confident ID proposal.
  9. I think these are Auricularia that had fruited earlier than the ones you mention, Glassguy; little dried out and dark around the edges.
  10. Wade, looks like you've got both young Dryad's Saddle (Cerioporus squamosus), and Oyster Mushroom (species of Pleurotus). Same piece of wood could host more than one species of Pleurotus (probably not at exactly the same time).
  11. Looking at photos of Coprinellus domesticus on Champignons du Quebec, This species appears as a good possibility. https://www.mycoquebec.org/bas.php?trie=C&l=l&nom=Coprinellus domesticus / Coprin domestique&tag=Coprinellus domesticus&gro=33 .
  12. I think these are Coprinellus disseminatus, or maybe a closely-related species. https://www.mycoquebec.org/bas.php?trie=C&l=l&nom=Coprinellus disseminatus / Coprin disséminé&tag=Coprinellus disseminatus&gro=33
  13. The remains of what appears to be a thick "cog-wheel" ring on the stalk, combined with what looks to be gills that are attached to the stalk support the Stropharia rugosoannulata proposal. But, more information is required in order to provide a more confident proposal. The gills do look quite pale for Stropharia. But, this may be because the mushroom is young/immature.
  14. Genus Coprinellus is a possibility. But, I think the large scaly patches seen on the cap suggest that genus Coprinopsis should also be considered. Coprinellus and Coprinopsis are quite similar. They each refer to species of mushrooms known as "inky caps". These types often deliquesce, meaning the gills --and usually also the entire cap-- turn to a gooey black liquid. Coprinellus mushrooms do this very slowly, and sometimes the mushroom dehydrates in-situ before it deliquesces.
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