Plants and Funghi

If it doesn't walk, swim or fly, it probably belongs here
  1. I just uploaded a batch of fungus photos, and I don't know enough about fungus to identify any of them (at least not yet). If anybody thinks they might be able to identify them if they just had another photo from a different angle, just ask - I might have one (or, I could go back next weekend and take one). Replied 4 years ago, modified 4 years ago
  2. I am not much of an expert in fungi either. There are some key cheracteristics you need to know to identify fungi: the type of structure on the underside of the cap - gills, pores, ridges or teeth, if there is a stem or not etc.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mushroom

    If you have some time you can try these keys.
    http://www.rogersmushrooms.com/gallery/visualkey.asp
    http://www.rogersmushrooms.com/gallery/chooser.asp
    http://www.mushroomexpert.com/identifying.html
    Replied 4 years ago
  3. I've read before that to accurately identify fungi, it needs to be examined under a microscope. Even if you have found a strong visual match, it is not 100% proof that it is in fact that species. Several species may look exactly alike, yet still be different species. There are some fungi which can be visually identified, simply because they stand out so much, for example:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gasteroid_fungi

    For most others, it is hard to be sure. At JungleDragon, for fungi we will not go as far as to ask for microscopic evidence. A "very likely" match is good enough, for example pinpointing a strong visual reference as well as a realistic distribution. After that, anybody who knows better is free to challenge an identification.

    Replied 4 years ago

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