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Definitely not Chaga (Inonotus obliquus). This is some type of Ascomycete fungi. Maybe Hypoxylon? Daldinia? Need a close-up look, and probably also microscopy to nail this ID. What is this growing on?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hypoxylon

https://www.jeremybartlett.co.uk/2018/05/10/king-alfreds-cakes-daldinia-concentrica/

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Another idea... If this has hard or crumbly flesh then see the suggestions on the last post. If the flesh is rubbery or jelly-like then compare with species of Exidia.

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Thanks Dave I greatly appreciate all your effort‼️ I believe it looks similar to the Hypoxylon sp. Do you have a microscope you would suggest for me purchase? Btw I have been seeing a few pheasant backs but no gilled mushrooms in 3 months but hopefully with these temps morel season is just around the corner. 

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I use two scopes. One is an old monocular scope that I got used for $50. It has a reticle in it and even though it's old and resolution is not the greatest, I get decent photographs through the single eyepiece. I use photos of the spores to estimate measurements. Detail like ornamentation of spores is not seen with this this scope. I also use a $200 AmScope that's binocular. Photos snapped through one of the two eyepieces are not very clear. But, I can see more minute detail like ornamentation on spores. I'm due for an upgrade. I'd like to get trinocular scope that allows for photos through the third portal. 

I mostly view at 400x magnification. You need a pretty good scope to get a good view at 1000x, and the oil-immersion mounting requires some work. 

I'd think there should be some morels in Tennessee by now. The linked "sightings" map shows a number of spots in TN where they've been found during March/April 2022   https://www.thegreatmorel.com/morel-sightings/ . 

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Okay thanks for the run down! I’ll look into trinocular scopes and see if I can afford one. You were dead on on saying the Morels were here!!! I posted pics of a batch I found literally the next day after you replied. And thanks for the link I didn’t know about that website. 

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