NAVIGATING FUNGIKINGDOM PHOTOS & DESCRIPTIONS

HOW TO NAVIGATE THIS SITE: Photos of macrofungi displayed here are organized into the two major fungal divisions: the Ascomycota and the BasidiomycotaThe included fungi are arranged morphologically by form as they are in field guides. However, in the interest of being up-to-date and scientifically accurate, the descriptions will provide you with phylogenetic information appropriate for each fungus covered in terms of its Order, Family, and Genus. 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

Click on the division you are interested in viewing (Ascomycetes or Basidiomycetes) in the QUICK LINKS pages listed below and then the name of a general shape or form of fungi that you are interested in examining and learning about. The fungi in each morphologically defined group are pictured and described alphabetically under the following familiar categories: 

ASCOMYCETES: CUP-SHAPED;  FLASK FUNGI  

BASIDIOMYCETES: BOLETE-LIKE WITH SPONGY PORES   CANTHARELLOID MUSHROOMS   CLUBS & CORALS, CAULIFLOWERS & FIBERFANS CRUST FUNGI & STEREUMS GASTROID FUNGI & STINKHORNS   GELATINOUS FUNGI   GILLED MUSHROOMS with Pale pores   GILLED MUSHROOMS with dark spores, LACTARIUS, LACTIFLUUS & RUSSULAS POLYPORES,   TOOTHED FUNGI

Note that many fungi are listed with two names: the new one (Genusspecies and ) followed by the older one (in parentheses) used in many excellent, but 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 generally considered synonyms. Not all fungi have common names, and this is why we are using scientific binomials to refer to the various families and species within each family. You can simply click on a name and be brought to the photo and description of each included fungus in the Ascomycota. Remember, if a particular name is in parentheses, that is the older name which you can use to find the fungus in your favorite field guide published before 2018. 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.