A Few New Mexico Fungi


A new page started July 2020. Fungi are a completely new area for me, so my identifications should be considered especially tenuous. As I add images, they'll be organized alphabetically by family, genus, and species. Hover over a photo series to control the images.


I discuss lichens, which are symbiotic colonies of fungi and algae, on a separate page.

Amanitaceae: Fly Agaric (Amanita Muscaria)

These are sometimes called "Deadly Amanita." In August 2019 I found a number of brown amanitas but as a guess, that was due to a lack of moisture.


Amanitaceae: Grisette? (Amanita vaginata?)

This mushroom lacks a ring on the stem, which fits with the species description. 


Boletaceae: bolete mushrooms

On bolete mushrooms, the underside of the cap looks spongy rather than having gills. The brown examples may have suffered from a lack of moisture.


The next set of photos shows "blue-staining" bolete mushrooms. When I turned them over to inspect the undersides of the caps, I damaged one of them. The damaged area rapidly developed a dark stain—a characteristic of multiple species within the family. 



Gomphaceae: Woolly Chantarelle? (Turbinellus floccosus?)


Pleurotaceae: Aspen Oyster Mushroom (Pleurotus populinus)


Pleurotaceae: Oyster Mushroom (Pleurotus pulmonarius)

Not to be confused with the "true" oyster mushroom, Pleurotus ostreatus.


Polyporaceae: Cryptoporus volvatus


Polyporaceae: Panus neostrigosus?

Panus neostrigosus, New Mexico
Rio Grande Bosque, Corrales, January 2021


Psathyrellaceae: Inky Cap (Coprinus?)


Psathyrellaceae: Japanese Parasol or Pleated Inky Cap (Parasola plicatilis)

This was a solitary mushroom in the middle of the lawn at a city park.