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Wood Pinkgill?

Observed: 25th September 2011 By: jhn7
S159 Neighbourhood Nature - course complete
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In damp deciduous woods.


Caution: Do NOT use iSpot to identify fungi to eat!

Some fungi are very poisonous so a mistaken ID could have serious consequences.

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Thanks AlanS!

Thank you for your helpful comments. Unfortunately because I know very little about fungi I would be afraid of denuding the places I walk of specimens if I collected examples for spore prints! My strategy at the moment is to take photographs and then agonise over books and internet sites to find a likely ID.
The other observation of this species is one you identified for me a while ago but looking at them I didn't think they were the same as this observation. As you say I must try to familiarise myself with some genera.

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Spore prints

I understand your reluctance to take caps for spore prints, but it is such basic information for identification that I would argue that it is rather pointless taking a photograph (unless this be for aesthetics alone) without that little extra piece of work.

It is worth bearing in mind that by the time you see the mature toadstool, it has already shed a high proportion of its spores and that in a day or so it will be decaying or have been eaten by animals. In collecting a toadstool you are doing no damage to the rest of the fungus, which is in the leaf litter, in the wood, or safely underground.

If it is next to a path then there is the possibility of someone else being deprived of the chance to see it, but even that chance is quite small.

There is a greater chance of bylaws prohibiting picking of fungi, thanks to the commercial interests and others who have taken to stripping our forests of their fungi, but as a general rule I would argue that taking a cap for a spore print causes no harm whatsoever - and it does help so much if the spore colour can be given when posting photos for identification.


BTW, I am comfortable that both sets of photos are of the same species.

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Thanks for the suggestions and helpful guidance. I must pack some paper bags for next time! Please bear in mind that I have still got some specimens to ID from the last forage so I will not be ignoring your advice if there is no info re spore colour.

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