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Mushroom Species That I Know!

There are many mushrooms that I come across and can identify to genus but not species. For example, I know the difference between a russula, agaricus, amanita, coprinus, hygrocybe, cortinarius, etc. etc. but can't give you the exact species of mushroom. The real power of mushroom identification is being able to know exactly what species of mushroom you have, especially if you intend to eat it! NEVER eat a mushroom unless you know exactly what you are eating (i.e. identify to species!) unless you want to risk getting sick or worse!

Below is a list of mushrooms that I know to species. There are many species that I have seen and am familiar with that are not on this list because there are look alikes that hinder me from positive identification. Keeping and maintaining this list is a handy way for me to keep track of what I know, to refresh my memory before the mushroom season, and to add to it over time. My goal is to add at least one or two species per season (preferably more). I would recommend that everyone keep a list of what they know to species and occasionally add to it! Below is listed the scientific name followed by one or more of the common names in parenthesis.

This list is not intended to be a guide for identification for the general public. Many mushrooms have similar looking (and sometimes deadly) relatives. Never eat a mushroom unless you know, without a doubt, what species of mushroom you have!
  1. Agaricus albolutescens (Amber staining agaricus [smells like almond])
  2. Agaricus agustus (The prince)
  3. Agaricus bisporus (Button mushroom, Cultivated mushroom)
  4. Agaricus campestris (Meadow mushroom)
  5. Agaricus silvaticus (Bleeding Agaricus)
  6. Agaricus silvicola (The Woodland Agaricus)
  7. Agaricus xanthodermis (Yellow staining agaricus)
  8. Albatrellus ovinus (Sheep polypore)
  9. Amanita muscaria (Fly agaric / Sacred mushroom)
  10. Amanita pantherina (The panther)
  11. Amanita magniverrucata (The pine cone aminita)
  12. Amanita vaginata (Grisette)
  13. Armillarea mella (Honey mushroom)
  14. Auricularia auricula (Wood ear, Tree ear)
  15. Boletus edulis (King bolete, Cep, Steinpilz, Porcini)
  16. Boletus barrowsii (White king bolete)
  17. Clavaria purpurea (Purple Fairy Club; The Purple Squid Mushroom )
  18. Calvatia booniana (Giant western puffball)
  19. Clavariadelphus truncatus (Truncate Club Coral)
  20. Clitocybe nuda (Blewit)
  21. Cantharellus cibarius (Chantrelle)
  22. Chlorophyllum molybdites (Green spored parasol)
  23. Conocybe lactea (White dunce cap, White cone head)
  24. Coprinus comatus (Shaggy mane)
  25. Coprinus atramentarius, or Coprinopsis atramentaria (Alcohol mushroom, Tippler's bane, Inky cap, Alcohol inky cap)
  26. Coprinus micaceus, or Coprinellus micaceus (Mica cap, Glistening inky cap)
  27. Crucibulum laeve (Common bird's nest fungi)
  28. Dentinum repandum (Hedgehog mushroom, Pigs trotter)
  29. Flammulina velutipes (Velvet foot / Winter mushroom)
  30. Fuligo septica (Scrambled egg slime, Dog vomit slime, Troll butter, Flowers of tan, Flowers of sulphur)
  31. Gomphidius glutanosis
  32. Gyromitra esculenta (Conifer false morel, False morel, Brain mushroom)
  33. Gyromitra gigas (Snowbank false morel, Snow mushroom, Bullnose, Walnut)
  34. Hericium species (All are edible!)
  35. Hygrophorus acutoconicus (A Cute Conic Waxy Cap)
  36. Hydnellum suaveolens (Fragrant hydnellum)
  37. Hydnum imbricatum (Hawk's wing, or Shingled hedgehog)
  38. Hypomyces lactifluorum (Lobster Mushroom)
  39. Inocybe sororia (Corn silk inocybe)
  40. Laccaria laccata (Lackluster laccaria)
  41. Lactarius deliciosus (Delicious milky cap)
  42. Lactarius olympianus (The deliciosus look alike)
  43. Lactarius rubrilacteus, or Lactarius sanguifluus (The bleeding milk cap)
  44. Lactarius torminosus (Bearded milk cap)
  45. Lactarius uvidus (purple staining lactarius - [oozes copious amounts of latex])
  46. Leccinum species (All are edible, disagrees with some people)
  47. Lentinus ponderosa
  48. Lepiota clypeolaria (The Shaggy Stalked Parasol)
  49. Lepiota lutea (Yellow parasol, Flower pot parasol)
  50. Lepiota rachodes (Shaggy parasol)
  51. Lycoperdon perlatum (Gem studded puffball; Grows on soil)
  52. Lycoperdon pyriforme (Pear shaped puffball; Grows on wood)
  53. Marasmius oreades (Fairy ring mushroom, Scotch bonnet, Tough shanks)
  54. Morchella elata (Black morel)
  55. Morchella esculenta (Yellow morel)
  56. Mycena murina (Yet another mycena)
  57. Panaeolus campanulatus
  58. Panaeolus solidipes (Solid stemmed panaeolus)
  59. Phallus impudicus (Stinkhorn)
  60. Pholiota squarrosa (Scaly pholiota)
  61. Pleurotus ostreatus (Oyster mushroom)
  62. Pleurotus populinus (Oyster mushroom that grows on Aspen)
  63. Ramaria largentii (Orange coral mushroom)
  64. Russula emetica (Emetic russula, The sickener)
  65. Suillus brevipes (Short stemmed slippery jack)
  66. Suillus granulatus (Granulated Slippery jack)
  67. Suillus lakei (Western painted suillus)
  68. Suillus luteus (Slippery jack)
  69. Suillus tormentosus (Blue staining slippery jack)
  70. Trametes versicolor (Turkey tail, many colored polypore)
  71. Tricholoma flavovirens (Man on horseback)
  72. Tricholoma magnivelare, or Armillaria ponderosa (White matsutake, Pine mushroom, Matsutake)
  73. Tricholoma Populinum (Sand mushroom)
  74. Tricholoma saponaceum
  75. Tricholoma zelleri, or Armillaria zelleri (The matsutake look alike)

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