FUNGI PHOTOS & DESCRIPTIONS

The photos and descriptions in this section of the FUNGIKINGDOM website depict many of the most commonly found macrofungi found in the northeast of the North American continent, as well as some unusual finds. Actually, many of the included fungi are common throughout the U.S. and Canada, but especially in the region extending from the east coast to the Rocky Mountains.

HOW TO USE THIS SITE

The photos of macrofungi displayed here are organized into the two major fungal divisions: the Ascomycota and the Basidiomycota. Since mushroom enthusiasts have also long been drawn to the fascinating organisms popularly called ‘Slime Molds’, I have also included on this site a collection of photos of specimens belonging to the Myxogastria. The included fungi are arranged morphologically by form as they are in field guides. However, in the interest of being up-to-date and scientifically accurate, the descriptions will provide you with the phylogenetic information appropriate for each fungus covered in terms of its Order, Family, and Genus

Click on the division you are interested in viewing (Ascomycetes or Basidiomycetes) and  then general form or appearance of fungi you are interested in examining and learning about. Go to the QUICK LINKS pages listed below where the fungi in each morphological group can be found alphabetically under the following familiar categories: 

ASCOMYCETES    BOLETE-LIKE FUNGI WITH SPONGY PORES   CANTHARELLOID MUSHROOMS   CLUBS & CORALS   GASTROID FUNGI & STINKHORNS   GELATINOUS FUNGI                              GILLED MUSHROOMS    LACTARIUS, LACTIFLUUS & RUSSULAS    PLEUROTOID FUNGI  POLYPORES, STEREUMS & CRUSTS   TOOTHED FUNGI

Note that many fungi are listed with two names: the new one (genus and species) followed by the older one (in parentheses) used in our excellent, but older field guides. I have done this so it will be easy to find descriptions in the literature or online. You can use either name. They are synonyms.

To see enlarged versions of each species photo, just click on it. Numerous photos have descriptions posted beneath them. More will be added as time permits.