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The Grey Tooth Once again I am hoping my ID is correct. Thought at first it could be P. atratus but the colour of the teeth are wrong to be that species. Found on a mostly coniferous forest floor. Canada,Fall,Geotagged,Grey tooth,Phellodon melaleucus Click/tap to enlarge PromotedCountry intro

The Grey Tooth

Once again I am hoping my ID is correct. Thought at first it could be P. atratus but the colour of the teeth are wrong to be that species. Found on a mostly coniferous forest floor.

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  1. Awesome! I'm not entirely sure either, but you are definitely in the right ballpark! Thank you so much for sharing this beauty!

    Also, have you joined the FunDiS project on iNaturalist? They might be able to help confirm some of these tricky ones too!
    https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/fundis-fungal-diversity-survey
    Posted 8 months ago
    1. Hi, I have posted this photo and two others on iNaturalist and am waiting. These don’t have as thin a cap as most descriptions but I am attributing their thickness to being”young” and the recent heavy rains. Posted 8 months ago
      1. Have you considered Hydnellum caeruleum? Posted 8 months ago
        1. Hey, didn’t till you mentioned it. I am still a little concerned about the tooth colour and when I come to think of it the cap coloration as well. H. caeruleum seems to be in my area.
          http://linnet.geog.ubc.ca/ShowDBImage/gallery.aspx?page=0&specrep=0&latinName=Hydnellum%20caeruleum
          Although to me it still more closely resembles (and that’s all I’ve got to go on!) this,
          http://linnet.geog.ubc.ca/Atlas/Atlas.aspx?sciname=Phellodon%20melaleucus
          Posted 8 months ago
        2. Hey, didn’t till you mentioned it. I am still a little concerned about the tooth colour and when I come to think of it the cap coloration as well. H. caeruleum seems to be in my area.
          http://linnet.geog.ubc.ca/ShowDBImage/gallery.aspx?page=0&specrep=0&latinName=Hydnellum%20caeruleum
          Although to me it still more closely resembles (and that’s all I’ve got to go on!) this,
          http://linnet.geog.ubc.ca/Atlas/Atlas.aspx?sciname=Phellodon%20melaleucus
          Posted 8 months ago
          1. Sorry, didn’t mean to do that twice. So, there are in common names, black tooth, blue tooth and grey tooth. Really not too much for me to go on. I am at a loss. Posted 8 months ago
  2. This is fantastic! Really beautiful mushroom! Posted 8 months ago
    1. Thanks, quite amazing. Posted 8 months ago
  3. Great find, love the specimen. Posted 8 months ago
    1. Thanks, Paul! Posted 8 months ago

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The grey tooth fungus belongs to a group known as the stipitate hydnoid fungi. These fungi share some morphological characters, but are not naturally related. They are 'tooth fungi', fungi that release their spores from tooth-like structures. The fruit bodies are terrestrial and have a short stalk or 'stipe', hence the name 'stipitate'. The teeth are on the underside of the fruit body. The flesh of all members of the genus Phellodon is tough and somewhat leathery; it becomes 'corky' when it dries.. more

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Uploaded Sep 26, 2020. Captured Sep 25, 2020 13:55 in 803 Whaletown Rd, Mansons Landing, BC V0P 1K0, Canada.
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