Public Description of Galerina Earle

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Name: Galerina Earle
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Taxonomic Classification:

Domain: Eukarya
Kingdom: Fungi
Phylum: Basidiomycota
Class: Agaricomycetes
Order: Agaricales
Family: Hymenogastraceae

General Description:

Small thin mushrooms with a mycenoid to collyboid body form, medium brown to light tan colors, adnexed gills, even thin central stipes, spores brown in deposit. Saprotrophic and found on rotting wood, woody debris and moss. Cap surface a cutis, with and without gelatin. Spores dextrinoid and non-dextrinoid, smooth to ornamented, with and without a plage. Cystidia present, capitate to non-capitate, tiibiform to lageniform.

Diagnostic Description:

Comes from the genus Galera which was defined as mushrooms with mycenoid body form and spores brown in deposit. This was split in the early 20th century to Galerina, which has a cap surface of a cutis, and Conocybe, which has a hymeniform cap surface. Since then some forms have been split off to Naucoria, and other genera, but Galerina is still a broadly defined genus, which may need to get split up further.

Description author: Douglas Smith (Request Authorship Credit)
Description editors: Erlon Bailey, Jacob Kalichman