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Beginner needing some help please to ID this.

Observed: 17th November 2011 By: Joe30Joe30’s reputation in Fungi and LichensJoe30’s reputation in Fungi and Lichens
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Description:

Found in mainly an Oak area but Yew and Conifer was also present. This was about 12cm tall and 8cm in diameter. Thanks.

Identifications

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

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

Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Agaricus interacts

Comments

Beagle's picture

Fungi Identification

Joanna; a good guide book really helps with I.D. One that I use regularly is Collins Complete Guide to British Mushrooms & Toadstools (photo-based). I bought my copy for £4.99 at the National Trust - a fraction of the retail cost! It is also recommended by the Liverpool Botanical Society, World Museum. Enjoy the foray. Regards

Hugh

Joe30's picture

Guides

I do have that guide book to be honest, I think it is pretty poor - that is why I ask for help on here. Recently, I have found that people have been less than helpful so I am considering stopping using the site.

flaxton's picture

What has been the problem? Is

What has been the problem? Is it comments about your postings or just no one giving id's?

Joe30's picture

Using iSpot

Me and my brother (username Joe) only started using iSpot in the past month or so. At first, people were great but recently the help as died off - especially for my brother.

I take the pics I feel that 'experts' should be able to ID from as I dont like pulling them up to be honest.

flaxton's picture

If you don't like pulling

If you don't like pulling them up I am afraid you will get far fewer id's. They are difficult enough when you have the fruitbody in your hand but to try and suggest a name from one picture which does not show the details is not difficult it is impossible. We have had photos that do not even show whether the fungi has gills or pores or spines. If you really feel that they should be left in place and that is fine but then make the "experts" job easier and try to get as much information into the photos you do take and then give a description. Does it have a ring does it smell of anything specific what trees are about every scrap of information helps.
You have already found a Geoglossum which is something I have never seen in 20 years searching so don't give up on the forum too quickly.
Mal

Beagle's picture

Disillusioned

Joanna, your feelings about I.D.s are understandable. You would expect more I.D.s from your photos. I'll I.D. where and when I can.

Hugh

Joe30's picture

Thanks.........

for your help. I know that fungi is a minefield but my pics are no doubt of common species and from the limited knowledge me and my brother have, we do submit the photos we feel are relevant.

Of course, the more we learn the better but unless we can get ID's, it sometimes it feels like we're treading water!

Thanks.

Martincito's picture

You have my sympathy

You have my sympathy Joanna... I've noticed that a photo of a bird gets an alternative ID if necessary plus about 10 thumbs up in a few hours whereas fungi often get no response at all. I put this down to the relative difficulty of IDing mushrooms - and maybe the relative numbers of people interested in them compared with other groups. Obviously we should try and help each other as much as possible, recognising that sometimes it just isn't possible to ID something from the limited info we have and the absence of the results of chemical testing, electron microscopes, DNA sequencers and the like. It's hard but I still find it fun.

Beagle's picture

These mushrooms are no picnic!

Joanna - a development in support and guidance and I like your photos. Regards

Hugh

Joe30's picture

Thanks.........

for all the words of support. We do try to include as much info as possible in most of our postings as mentioned by Flaxton but we shall try to include more!

Thanks.