FUNGI PHOTOS & DESCRIPTIONS by Dianna Smith

The photos and descriptions in this section of the FUNGIKINGDOM website depict many of the most commonly found macrofungi found in the northeast of the North American continent, as well as some unusual finds. Actually, many of the included fungi are common throughout the U.S. and Canada, but especially in the region extending from the east coast to the Rocky Mountains.

HOW TO USE THIS SITE

The photos of macrofungi displayed here are organized into the two major fungal divisions: the Ascomycota and the Basidiomycota. Since mushroom enthusiasts have also long been drawn to the fascinating organisms popularly called ‘Slime Molds’, I have also included on this site a collection of photos of specimens belonging to the Myxogastria. The included fungi are arranged by Order, Family, and Genus. This arrangement is a bit different from the usual way of organizing fungi in field guides in accordance with shared morphological characteristics, where, for example, all gastromycetes, or ‘stomach fungi’ such as puffballs, earthstars, stinkhorns, etc.) are shown in the same section of the book. 

Click on the division you are interested in viewing (Ascomycetes or Basidiomycetes), then the Order, Family and Genus.

If you want to look for a particular mushroom and do not know what order, family or genus it is in, go to the QUICK LINKS pages. They are organized the way most field guides are organized  by morphological similarities. They are treated alphabetically under the following familiar categories: 

ASCOMYCETES    BOLETE-LIKE FUNGI WITH SPONGY PORES   CANTHARELLOID MUSHROOMS   CLUBS & CORALS   GASTROID FUNGI & STINKHORNS   GELATINOUS FUNGI                              GILLED MUSHROOMS    LACTARIUS, LACTIFLUUS & RUSSULAS    PLEUROTOID FUNGI  POLYPORES, STEREUMS & CRUSTS   TOOTHED FUNGI

Note that many fungi are listed with two names: the new one (genus and species) followed by the older one (in parentheses) used in our older field guides. I have done this so it will be easy to find descriptions in the literature or online. You can use either name. They are synonyms.

To see enlarged versions of each species photo, just click on it. Numerous photos have descriptions posted beneath them. More will be added as time permits.