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A. pediades is there too. I can’t find any references on that species exhibiting the “cracking” over maturity. It seems many sources specifically mention the cracking being a feature of molesta/dura, but not on praecox or pediades.
The mystery is where the “fun” in fungi comes from!
Is more likely, but I don’t know enough about the veil characteristics and even then microscopy could surprise us. The cracked caps happen when they start to dry while the caps are still growing/expanding, its pretty common in Agrocybe.
Thanks to the heads up on genus, I was able to find a few references referring to Agrocybe “dura” (AKA A. molesta). This is a “cracked cap” species that is very abundant in central Alberta in wood chips in urban areas, so that seems likely for this specimen too.
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