Observation 202502: Cyclocybe erebia (Fr.) Vizzini & Matheny
When: 2014-10-15
No herbarium specimen

Notes: Several growing on wood chips in mixed hardwood forest. Soggy, drizzly day.


Copyright © 2014 Judi Thomas
Copyright © 2014 Judi Thomas
Copyright © 2014 Judi Thomas
Copyright © 2014 Judi Thomas
Copyright © 2014 Judi Thomas

Proposed Names

-22% (2)
Used references: Kuo, Mushrooms of the Midwest
30% (2)
Recognized by sight: aff. praecox
30% (2)
Recognized by sight: See comment.
85% (1)
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Used references: Roger Phillips, Mushrooms and Other Fungi of North America, MO observations 112827,114429, 112246

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Rocky, Dave, and Jacob: Thanks to all of you for your
By: Judi T. (AvidAmateur)
2015-04-11 10:46:43 EDT (-0400)

help with this ID. It was especially difficult, I believe, because the specimen was a found in very wet conditions. In spite of that, you were able to help me zero in on what I am confident is now the correct ID. Your comments and suggestions were invaluable, and your willingness to share your expertise is much appreciated.

Thanks, Dave. That info gives me …
By: Judi T. (AvidAmateur)
2015-04-10 22:07:54 EDT (-0400)

another avenue to research.

Except for the pale color and grooved margin…
By: Dave W (Dave W)
2015-04-10 09:00:23 EDT (-0400)

I think C. erebia may apply here. (What I have IDed as such is lighter and without marginal striations.) Accounts of this mushroom are generally found under the name “Agrocybe erebia.” Reported as viscid when wet. A few online photos labeled “erebia” show grooved margin. According to IndexFungorm, the current genus for erebia is Cyclocybe. A late season type.

By: Rocky Houghtby
2015-04-09 17:37:14 EDT (-0400)

It might even be an Armillaria, for all that I can tell. The extremely wet condition and ambiguous gill photo make it a hard call. It’s definitely not a Gymnopus though.

Rocky, thanks for the suggestion.
By: Judi T. (AvidAmateur)
2015-04-09 17:27:39 EDT (-0400)

I looked through all the MO observations for A. praecox group and checked some additional references. From the observations, it looks as if pretty much “anything goes” with this group. I think I may even have seen a Tubaria in there. My specimen is not what I would call a robust mushroom; cap definitely has striate margin; gills are mottled. Also the fruiting was in mid-October as opposed to Spring. Considering all that….?

You are right about that, Matt.
By: Judi T. (AvidAmateur)
2015-04-09 17:18:51 EDT (-0400)

I didn’t notice that one on the leaf until I downloaded my pictures. Wish I had noticed it at the time. Fungi are everywhere when you develop your eye for them. What do you mean by a “snotty” mushroom? It was a bit viscid, but it was soggy in the woods that day.

if that’s the case…
By: Matt Welter (mattfungus)
2015-04-09 15:37:50 EDT (-0400)

better watch out for the yellow patches on the leaves in the third picture.

Oh and I wanted to post Limacella but I saw the gills in the 4th picture didn’t quite match up. Was it a snotty fungus?

You like that, Matt?
By: Judi T. (AvidAmateur)
2015-04-09 15:31:50 EDT (-0400)

Those birds nests are a dime a dozen in that particular area. Couldn’t crop it out without loosing too much of the photo. I thought someone would probably want to call it a mixed collection=)

Nice bird’s nest fungus in the background
By: Matt Welter (mattfungus)
2015-04-09 12:46:17 EDT (-0400)

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