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Gilled Mushrooms

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*** Warning ***

I wrestled with the option of whether or not to try to identify and place names to my fungus images.  The study of fungi is done by specialists known as a "mycologists" who have many years of education and specialize in identification.  There are many techniques used to identify a mushroom and it simply cannot be done by visual inspection alone.  Incorrectly identifying a mushroom can have deadly consequences if eaten.

While I have tried to link images with fungus names, I am but a lay person and have used books and images to try to look up, categorize and name the species.  My identification should in no way be relied upon and may be completely inaccurate!

There are many toxic mushroom "look-alikes"  that resemble edible ones.  You should UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES  rely up on any of these images to identify edible, toxic or medicinal organisms/plants.  Some mushrooms and fungi are DEADLY  poisonous and their effects do not show up until it is too late to save yourself.  YOU alone are responsible for properly identifying any mushrooms that you may be interested in.  I have attached names to images which I merely THINK resemble the species.

I am grateful for corrections to taxonomic determinations, please contact me at FreeTiiuPix 


Gilled Mushrooms


The fungal order Agaricales is also known as "Gilled Mushrooms".  All species in this order have gills that mycologists call "lamellae".  

Gills are structures beneath a mushroom cap that look like rows of thin blades.  It is in the gills that reproductive spores are produced.   

Generally, gill fungi are separated into groupings according to their spore prints - Light-spored; Dark-spored; Brown-spored; and Pink-spored.  The Light-spored gilled mushroom group is by far the largest. 

Download image of mushroom gills (right) 
at full-size resolution 3264 x 2448 here.

You can make your own spore prints from fresh fungi specimens to help identify a species:  Remove the stem from the cap and place it on a sheet of white paper.  Some have suggested using a clear plastic sheet in case the spores turn out to be white!  Cover the mushroom cap with a glass or cup and leave about 5 hours or overnight.  By morning, lift the covering and mushroom cap and voila, you should have coloured spore print for examination.

Download image of mushroom spore print (below) at full-size resolution 3669 x 2752 here.

In addition to spore colour, identification also includes HOW the gills are attached, cap shapes and the mushroom's structure.  One should keep in mind that a mushroom's appearance changes with time.  A rounded immature cap may quickly grow wide and even become convex.  Mushrooms that change colour depending upon moisture conditions are called "hygrophanous". 

If you ever read a mycologist's description of a fruiting body, you may come across new terminology foreign to you.  You can find a great reference source here to assist in recognizing gill attachment descriptions, etc.



Unidentified Gilled Mushrooms

Did you know....

There are several thousand species of Agaricales!  No wonder I couldn't figure out what species the following are: 

Note:  The same mushroom or species is indicated by letter.  For example, Gilled Mushroom A1 is the same species and photographed at the same time as A2, A3, and so on.  Gilled Mushroom B1 would be a different species or specimen.


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mushroom_1.JPG (6386626 bytes)
Unidentified Gilled Mushroom 1A [Mushroom 1]  [3264 x 2448]
mushroom_2.JPG (4514802 bytes)
Unidentified Gilled Mushroom 2A [Mushroom 2]  [2879 x 2158]
mushroom_3.JPG (5212811 bytes)
Unidentified Gilled Mushroom 3A [Mushroom 3]  [2812 x 2105]
1A-3A were photographed in Northern Ontario, growing in a patch of moss atop granite Canadian Shield.
mushroom_4.JPG (3250193 bytes)
Unidentified Gilled Mushroom 1B [Mushroom 4]  [3264 x 2448]
mushroom_5.JPG (3517488 bytes)
Unidentified Gilled Mushroom 2B [Mushroom 5]  [3264 x 2448]
mushroom_24.JPG (3071850 bytes)
Unidentified Gilled Mushroom 3B [Mushroom 24]  [3264 x 2448]

1B - 3B above were photographed in Northern Ontario, growing in a mixed forest of mainly conifer trees.  These specimens grew after an intense rainy period.  3B was found one day after the 1B & 2B were taken, in the same area.   Is it the same mushroom?  I thought it might possibly be a Yellow Swamp Russula - Russula claroflava because like the Yellow Swamp Russula, it was growing alone during the summer in a mixed woods.  Like the R. claroflava the mushroom has a slippery when wet appearance with  a smooth, bright, lemon yellow cap.  This specimen, however, appears more delicate than images of R. claroflava that I investigated and thus it remains unidentified.

small_orange_1.JPG (8184816 bytes)
Unidentified Gilled Mushroom 1C [Small orange 1]  [4608 x 3456]
small_orange_2.JPG (7175173 bytes)
Unidentified Gilled Mushroom 2C [Small orange 2]  [4608 x 3456]
small_orange_3.jpg (6691336 bytes)
Unidentified Gilled Mushroom 3C [Small orange 3]  [4608 x 3456]
All of the above specimens were photographed in Southern Ontario @ 
a deciduous York Regional Forest - Eldred King Woodlands - in July.
small_brown_9.JPG (8035276 bytes)
Unidentified Gilled Mushroom  [Small brown 9]  [4608 x 3456]
Photographed in Northern Ont.
Killbear Prov. Park - June
small_brown_17.JPG (8187909 bytes)
Unidentified Gilled Mushroom 1D [Small brown 17]  [4608 x 3456]
small_brown_18.JPG (6943523 bytes)
Unidentified Gilled Mushroom 2D [Small brown 18]  [4608 x 3456]
The two above specimens were photographed in Southern Ontario @ 
a deciduous York Regional Forest - Eldred King Woodlands - in July.
sml_rust_1.JPG (5401393 bytes)
Unidentified Gilled Mushroom 1E [Small rust 1]  [3595 x 2696]
small_rust_2.JPG (8143994 bytes)
Unidentified Gilled Mushroom2E [Small rust 2]  [4608 x 3456]
small_rust_3.JPG (1628405 bytes)
Unidentified Gilled Mushroom 3E [Small rust 3]  [1686 x 1263]
The above were photographed in Northern Ont. - Grundy Lake Prov. Park - June.
This is in a mixed forest that is part of the Canadian Shield.
sml_brown_1.JPG (1490658 bytes)
Unidentified Gilled Mushroom1F [Sml brown 1]  [1866 x 1474]
sml_brown_2.JPG (2286698 bytes)
Unidentified Gilled Mushroom2F [Sml brown 2]  [2471 x 1857]
sml_brown_3.JPG (3927019 bytes)
Unidentified Gilled Mushroom3F [Sml brown 3]  [3264 x 2448]
All "F" series mushrooms were photographed in Northern Ontario @ Grundy Lake Prov. Park in May.
sml_brown_4.JPG (3868535 bytes)
Unidentified Gilled Mushroom 4F [Sml brown 4]  [3407 x 2561]
small_brown_12.JPG (7626212 bytes)
Unidentified Gilled Mushroom
 [Sml brown 12]  [3407 x 2561]
small_brown_13.JPG (6618087 bytes)
Unidentified Gilled Mushroom
 [Sml brown 13]  [3973 x 2979]
small_brown_14.JPG (6032752 bytes)
Unidentified Gilled Mushroom
 [Sml brown 14]  [3918 x 2939]
small_brown_15.JPG (5556875 bytes)
Unidentified Gilled Mushroom
 [Sml brown 15]  [3817 x 2863]
small_brown_19.JPG (4104996 bytes)
Unidentified Gilled Mushroom
 [Small brown 19]  [3387 x 2539]
med_white_1.JPG (3291285 bytes)
Unidentified Gilled Mushroom
 [Med White 1]  [3264 x 2448]
med_white_2.JPG (3046800 bytes)
Unidentified Gilled Mushroom
 [Med White 2]  [3023 x 2268]
mushroom_10.JPG (3560162 bytes)
Unidentified Gilled Mushroom
 [Mushroom 10]  [3264 x 2448]
Northern Ontario
Photographed in Southern Ontario in Maple forest in early June.
sml_brown_5.JPG (2815711 bytes)
Unidentified Gilled Mushroom
 [Sml brown 5]  [2633 x 1972]
small_brown_6.JPG (3290410 bytes)
Unidentified Gilled Mushroom
 [Small brown 6]  [2849 x 2191]
mushroom_18.JPG (6519690 bytes)
Unidentified Gilled Mushroom
 [Mushroom 18]  [4608 x 3456]
Northern Ontario
small_brown_7.JPG (6049296 bytes)
Unidentified Gilled Mushroom
 [Small brown 7]  [3903 x 2927]
small_brown_8.JPG (6419114 bytes)
Unidentified Gilled Mushroom
 [Small brown8]  [3887 x 2916]
small_brown_16.JPG (4878880 bytes)
Unidentified Gilled Mushroom
 [Small brown 16]  [23899 x 2925]
small_brown_10.JPG (5702996 bytes)
Unidentified Gilled Mushroom
 [Small brown 10]  [4608 x 3456]
small_brown_11.JPG (4586463 bytes)
Unidentified Gilled Mushroom
 [Small brown 611  [3714 x 2785]
mushroom_8.JPG (3609933 bytes)
Unidentified Gilled Mushroom
 [Mushroom 8]  [3264 x 2448]
mushroom_9.JPG (4020096 bytes)
Unidentified Gilled Mushroom
 [Mushroom 9]  [2292 x 1719]
The above lone fungus was photographed in Northern Ontario at the end of the summer in a shaded open grassy area  
mushroom_22.JPG (5747594 bytes)
Unidentified Gilled Mushroom
 [Mushroom 22]  [4608 x 3456]
mushroom_23.JPG (6086170 bytes)
Unidentified Gilled Mushroom
 [Mushroom 23]  [4608 x 3456]

Photographed in Southern Ontario in the middle of a grassy law in summer.




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