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Crepidotus epibryus, Hardwick Wood

Observed: 15th November 2012 By: martinjohnbishopmartinjohnbishop’s reputation in Fungi and Lichensmartinjohnbishop’s reputation in Fungi and Lichensmartinjohnbishop’s reputation in Fungi and Lichensmartinjohnbishop’s reputation in Fungi and Lichens

On dead herbaceous plant stems; width of the largest specimen 16 mm


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.


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Interesting invertebrate in

Interesting invertebrate in that last photo! Is it some sort of tick?

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Yes, photograph 4 shows a

Yes, photograph 4 shows a collembolan (I think) and the acarid which is seen closer in the last photograph (did not notice these at the time). More likely a mite than a tick.

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Great Crepidotus series! I

Great Crepidotus series! I would be very helpful for us further down the learning curve, if you would add a few words explaining what distinguishes each species. I spotted a Crepidatus recently (and will post here shortly) and, even after having measured the spores (which were subsperical, non-amyloid, fine spines, 6.5-8 microns) still feel unsure about the species!

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Around where I live

Around where I live Crepidotus seem very common. However, there are surprisingly few observations on iSpot. My observations were only of general appearance with no examination of spores. There is a key published ABFG JOURNAL AND THE FORAYER Crepidotus A provisional working key to species Jack Marriott 2 (3) 06, 16-18
Trying to use the key is described at
(need latin dictionary or more desperate measures!)

My simple minded approach to get started (and it is probably naive and wrong):

Growing on solid wood
Cap to 70mm; cap cuticle peelable C. mollis
Cap to 40mm; cap not peelable; shell shaped C. applanatus

Growing on twigs
Cap to 30mm C. variabilis/cesatii

Growing on dead stems of herbaceous plants
Cap to 15 mm c. epibryus

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Thanks - that is very useful.

Thanks - that is very useful.