“Common Name: Deer Mushroom / Fawn Mushroom”
It is only a coincidence that the deer mushroom resembles the color of the actual deer, the name comes from the horned cystidia that mimic a deer’s antlers.
Kuo, M. (2004, December). Pluteus cervinus: The deer mushroom. Retrieved from the MushroomExpert.Com Web site: http://www.mushroomexpert.com/pluteus_cervinus.html
Volk, T. (1998). Tom Volk’s Fungus of the Month for June 1998. Retrieved from TomVolkfungi.net Web site: http://botit.botany.wisc.edu/toms_fungi/june98.html
Dan Anderson, 12/12/2008, UW-La Crosse Mycology
The following was added by an anonymous donor:
Pluteus pouzarianus is a similar species that differs from Pluteus cervinus by its lack of raphanoid smell, presence of clamps in the pileipellis, a two layered pileipellis of hyaline hyphae overlaying brown hyaphae, and growth on coniferous wood.
Another name that gets thrown around is P. magnus. Mike Wood found the following two descriptions in the literature for Pluteus magnus:
Singer, R. (1956). Contributions Towards a Monograph of the Genus Pluteus. Transactions of the British Mycological Society 39, 145-232.
Banerjee, P. & Sundberg, W.J. (1995). The Genus Pluteus Section Pluteus (Pluteaceae, Agaricales) in the Midwestern United States. Mycotaxon 53, 189-246.
He has photocopies of these descriptions at:
A description of P. pouzarianus by Else Vellinga can be found in.
Bas, C., Kyper, Th. W., Noordeloos, M. E. & Vellinga, E. C. (1990). Flora Agaricina Neerlandica—Critical monographs on the families of agarics and boleti occuring in the Netherlands. Volume 2. Pluteaceae, Tricholomataceae. A. A. Balkema: Rotterdam, Netherlands. 137p.
and online at:
MykoWeb has photos and comments on P. pouzarianus at:
With this group a little microscopy goes a long way.