The Clavariaceae family consists of 7 genera and about 120 species. They are commonly called ‘coral’ fungi. Not too long ago they were all called Clavaria, but they are currently divided into several genera including Clavicorona, Clavulina, Clavulinopsis, Macrotuphula, Ramaria and Ramariopsis.

The Clavariaceae family in the Agaricales order includes fungi commonly described as looking like ocean corals. Colorful coral, spindle, worm-like, and antler-shaped fungi in this family include species of several genera including the following: Clavaria, Clavulinopsis, Mucronella and Ramariopsis. Other coral or club-like fungi have been assigned to the Typhulaceae family, which is also in the Agaricales and to the Gomphaceae family in the Gomphales order. The latter include club-like genera such as Clavariadlephus in the Clavariadaceae family and Ramaria and the vase-shaped species of Turbinellus. Lentaria are in the Lentariaceae family of the Gomphales.

To see enlarged versions of the species and descriptions of coral fungi in this the Clavariaceae, click on the first photo and then click on the textual links above each photo to get to the next one.