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what the crackers is this?
I believe this to be something in the vein of Phaeolus, Inonotus, Onnia or Abortiporus. But there are so many different genera of polypores in the tropics, as you say additional information is needed and in such cases also microscopical. So many beautiful fungi and observations from Panama will not get an ID if you do not provide much more info.
Looks similar to Ganoderma; keys out to near Osmoporus in Mushrooms Demystified. But I don’t think that is a good match either. I have not heard of the genus before, so need to do more research.
I’m curious about what may be a drop of exudate in the last photo. Droplet looks pale yellow-green, and may be from damage on the cap or from handling.
In my area, Ganoderma usually has a shellac-like appearance. But in your area, who can be sure? The rather thin flesh of the cap makes Ganoderma problematic for me. The three species of Ganoderma I find have thick flesh, usually at least as thick as the stipe is in diameter.
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