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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Yep these are honey fungus as well. there are slightly different types of honey fungus but it can be tricky to tell between, I am not very confident about it so tend to just go with honey fungus (Armillaria). Other people may be able to get to the exact species.
I heard someone say recently that DNA studies suggest that honey fungus is really about 16 different species.
University of Edinburgh and Biodiversity Observatory (OU)
Did they say there was any way of telling them apart without DNA analysis?
The did not say as such, but the implication was that the DNA analysis had revealed that there were different spp, while the morphology did not. Quite often once differentiation has been demonstrated with DNA markers, people then find other characters that can be used to distinguish the species. Forest & savannah African elephants are an example of this, but there are other cases where DNA is the only diagnostic.
I guess one day we'll all be getting DNA analysers for Christmas, or would that spoil the fun, a bit like GPS spoils Orienteering (for some at least)?
That has been a fantasy for a long time and though it is getting nearer, I think is a way off yet.
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