Glossary Term: Cantharellus Gills (“False Gills”)

Note: The term “false gills” can be a misleading phrase. Gills on Cantharellus and Craterellus species often have distinctive, but not unique, features:

- decurrent
- minimally differentiated from the cap
- shallow
- intervenose
- blunt-edged
- inconsistently spaced

This phrase may be helpful to avoid in general. “False gills” makes an incorrect statement on the uniqueness – morphological, functional, phylogenetic, or otherwise – of the gills produced in one of the 11 orders housing lamellate fungi. The phrase is a perpetual source of misidentifications – assuming broad-gilled Cantharellus specimens must be something else.

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