Collection location: Maple Shade Twp., Burlington Co., New Jersey, USA [Click for map]
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…for your comment. I don’t think these are M. americana either. I think I can identify that one and M. diminutiva and discern between them — they are very different, and I am not talking just about the size.
The ones here might be diminutiva, but I am not sure anymore. Check out my earlier observation from the same location, obs 237162, that shows what appears to be two different species.
I find morel macroscopic identification very frustrating and not particularly exciting. On one hand, there is not much variety in my area to begin with when one looks from the perspective of Kuo’s seminal paper (to see black morels I have to drive to North Jersey). I think that either there’s more than the paper covered in the East, or there is a lot of phenotypic drift to account for the usual suspicion of cryptic morel species floating around…
for M. diminutiva.
Here in PA I find what I believe are M. diminutiva and M. americana in the tulip poplar woods. The ones seen here IMO each look more like diminutiva than americana, but the morphological distinction between these species seems to encompass a gray area (in my experience).
I’ll check my local spot tomorrow, and hopefully I can get a few each of what I think represent these species.