FUNGI PHOTOS & DESCRIPTIONS by Dianna Smith

The photos in this section of  the website depict many of the most commonly found macrofungi found in the northeast of the North American continent, as well as some unusual finds. 

 TO USE THIS SITE

The photos of macrofungi displayed here are organized into 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). They are then 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 (puffballs, earthstars, 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 & CORALSGASTROID FUNGI & STINKHORNS, GELATINOUS FUNGI,  GILLED MUSHROOMSLACTARIUS, LACTIFLUUS & RUSSULAS, PLEUROTOID FUNGIPOLYPORES,  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.