DNA Sequence results from Duke – part 1

A presentation from Richard Jacob

Work is under way to interpret the DNA barcodes returned by Duke university. This presentation covers an overview of the results and look in further detail at 4 of the samples.

Species list from Hartwood Acres on 11/01/2014

After a pleasant warm week seasonal weather arrived on the weekend. The snow that was forecast overnight did not materialize and the rain held off so we had a pleasant walk in the woods. We did not find much growing directly on the ground as there was a lot of leaf cover but we found plenty growing on the very damp rotting logs including 10 edibles all told.

Species list entered by Richard Jacob. Identifications by La Monte Yarroll, Richard Jacob and Jim Tunney

List of species found on the walk at Hartwood Acres:
Agaricus sylvicola (Abruptly-Bulbous Agaricus)
Armillaria_mellea sp, (Honey mushroom)
Auricularia auricula (Tree-ear / Wood Ear)
Bisporella citrina (Yellow Fairy Cups)
Collybia dryophila (Oak-loving Collybia)
Dacryopinax spathularia (Spathula Shaped Yellow Jelly)
Galerina marginata (Deadly Galerina)
Ganoderma applanatum (Artist’s Conk)
Gymnopus dryophila ()
Hydnochaete olivaceus ()
Hypholoma sublateritium (Brick top)
Ischnoderma resinosum ()
Laetiporus sulphureus (Chicken Mushroom; Sulphur Shelf)
Lycogala epidendrum (Wolf’s Milk Slime)
Lycoperdon perlatum (Gem-studded Puffball)
Lycoperdon pyriforme (Pear-shaped Puffball)
Panellus serotinus (Late Fall Oyster)
Phellinus gilvus (Mustard-yellow Polypore)
Phlebia incarnata ()
Phlebia radiata ()
Pleurotus ostreatus (Oyster Mushroom)
Polyporus brumalis ()
Schizophyllum commune (Split Gill)
Scutellinia setosa ()
Serpula lacrimans ()
Stereum complicatum (Crowded Parchment)
Stereum ostrea (False Turkey-tail)
Trametes versicolor (Turkey-tail)
Tremella mesenterica (Witches’ Butter)
Trichaptum biformis (Violet Toothed-Polypore)
Tyromyces caesius ()
Tyromyces chioneus ()
Xylobolus frustulatus (Ceramic Parchment)

Species not currently on clubs life list:
Gloeoporus dichrous ()
Arrhenia retriruga ()

There were also a number of unidentified mycena sp.

Photo Contest Results 2014

Our thanks to Rebecca Miller for judging the 2014 WPMC Photo Contest.


For single photographs especially suited as illustrations in a field guide, or for use in a lecture. Emphasis is placed on portrayal of key morphological characteristics such that the usefulness of the image as an identification aid is maximized. Subjects may be shot in the field, laboratory or studio and the photographer has complete freedom to process, manipulate, or orient the specimen in any manner to achieve the goal. Close-ups of single features and photomicrographs are acceptable. Judging criteria will be the same as in the Pictorial category but they will be of secondary importance to the overall mycological utility of the photo. Accurate identification of the subject will be a consideration.

1st Place   Michael Yeh: Omphalotus olearius in North Park
2ed Place   Cecily Franklin: Flammulina velutipes
3rd Place   Steve Leninsky:  Laccaria amethystina (amethyst deceivers)


This division is for single photos that illustrate the beauty and variety of fungi in form and color. The objective is a photo suitable for display or illustration in a fine book. Judging criteria include consideration of both technical (focus, depth of field, exposure, lighting, color, absence of distracting elements) and artistic (composition, color, background, lighting) aspects.

1st Place   Loukas Savvidis: Pleurotus ostreatus in North Hills
2ed Place   Maria Proakis: “Lacy”
3rd Place   Richard Jacob: Amanita muscaria var. guessowii

Judge’s Option

For photos which do not fit into the Pictorial or Documentary divisions. Examples include fungi in an interesting situation, fungi with animals, people enjoying fungi. Nearly anything goes, so long as fungi are a key element of the photograph.

1st Place   Richard Jacob: Hygrocybe punicea or Mycena acicula
2ed Place   Joe Lee: sulfur shelf
3rd Place   Steve Leninsky: Fuzzy Britches –  Lentinus strigosus


And here are all the of the entries:


Edible Wild Mushrooms

A presentation from John Stuart

There are quite a few edible mushrooms that can be found in Western Pennsylvania and this short talk covers some of the easier to identify ones.

Species list from Wingfield Pine with Allegheny Land Trust on 10/04/2014

After the beautiful warm autumn weather the weekend was a cool reminder of what the weather is normally like at this time of year. Even so a number of people braved the rain and hail to take a walk on the Allegheny Land Trust Wingfield Pines Conservation Area. The site is a floodplain with a few pines on the high ground and large Sycamore trees along the creek bank. It was here that we found the smallest and for me the most exciting find, Marasmius felix. We knew it was a Marasmius species but we were unable to identify the exact species until later in the day. The key identifying feature was that it grew on the stems of Sycamore leaves other identifying features also matched.

The second interesting find was Dacryopinax spathularia an orange colored edible jelly fungus sometimes added to the Chinese/Buddhist dish Buddha’s delight. Both the Dacryopinax spathularia and Marasmius felix were sampled for DNA barcoding.

Species list entered by La Monte H.P. Yarroll.

List of species found on the walk at Wingfield Pine with Allegheny Land Trust:

Cyathus striatus (Splash Cups),
Dacryopinax spathularia (),
Exidia recisa (),
Fomitopsis spraguei (),
Marasmius albuscoticis (),
Marasmius capillaris (),
Marasmius felix (),
Peziza badia (Yellow Ear Cup),
Phlebia tremellosa (),
Pluteus cervinus (Fawn (Deer) Mushroom),
Polyporus squamosus (Pheasant Polypore),
Stereum complicatum (Crowded Parchment),
Trametes versicolor (Turkey-tail),
Tremella mesenterica (Witches’ Butter),
Trichaptum abietinum (Conifer Polypore),
Trichaptum biformis (Violet Toothed-Polypore),
Tyromyces chioneus (White Cheese Polypore),
Xylaria polymorpha (Dead Man’s Fingers)

Species list from Sycamore Island Fall Survey on 09/28/2014

Tricholoma subaureum

Species list entered by La Monte Yarroll.

List of species found on the walk at Sycamore Island Fall Survey:

Aleuria aurantia (Orange Peel Fungus)
Amethicium chrysocreus ()
Armillaria mellea (Honey Mushroom)
Clavicorona pyxidata (Crown-tipped Coral Fungus)
Coprinus micaceus (Mica Cap)
Daedaleopsis confragosa (Thin-maze Flat Polypore)
Daldinia concentrica (Carbon Balls)
Fomitopsis spraguei (Sprague’s Polypore)
Fuligo septica (Scrambled-egg Slime)
Ganoderma applanatum (Artist’s Conk)
Ganoderma lucidum (Reishi mushroom)
Grifola frondosa (Hen of the Woods)
Gymnopilus spectabilis (Big Laughing Gym)
Hypsizygus tessulatus (Elm oyster)
Laetiporus sulphureus (Chicken Mushroom; Sulphur Shelf)
Lentinellus ursinus (Bear Lentinellus)
Lenzites betulina (Multicolor Gill Polypore)
Lycoperdon pyriforme (Pear-shaped Puffball)
Phlebia radiata ()
Pholiota aurivella ()
Pleurotus ostreatus (Oyster Mushroom)
Polyporus badius (Black-footed Polypore)
Polyporus squamosus (Pheasant Polypore)
Schizophyllum commune (Split Gill)
Scutellinia scutellata (Reddish Eyelash Cup)
Stereum complicatum (Crowded Parchment)
Stereum ostrea (False Turkey-tail)
Trametes elegans (white maze polypore)
Trametes pubescens ()
Trametes versicolor (Turkey-tail)
Trichaptum biforme (Violet Toothed-Polypore)
Tricholoma subaureum (Violet Toothed-Polypore)
Tricholomopsis platyphylla (Platterful Mushroom)
Tyromyces caesius ()
Tyromyces chioneus (White Cheese Polypore)


There are still three Hypoxylons that are in the process of being identified.

Pictures by Michael Yeh.


Species list from Fornof Foray, Deer Lakes Park on 06/21/2014

Walk report

It had been a rainy week and the area that we normally walk was too wet so we took a walk higher up the hill. The rain stayed away and we enjoyed a walk through the forest.

Species list entered by Dick Dougall.

List of species found on the walk at Fornof Foray, Deer Lakes Park:

Amanita brunnescens (Cleft-foot Amanita)
Apiosporina morbosa (Black Knot of Cherry)
Artomyces pyxidatus (Crown-tipped Coral Fungus)
Ceratiomyxa fruticulosa (Coral Slime Mold)
Crucibulum laeve (White-egg Bird’s-nest Fungus)
Cryptoporus volvatus (Veiled Polypore)
Dacrymyces palmatus (Orange Jelly; Witches’ Butter)
Daldinia concentrica (Carbon Balls)
Favolus alveolaris (Hexagonal-pored Polypore)
Hemitrichia clavata ()
Hydnochaete olivaceum (Brown-toothed Crust)
Hypomyces chrysospermus (Bolete Mold)
Laetiporus sulphureus (Chicken of the woods)
Megacollybia platyphylla (Jellied False Coral)
Parasola plicatilis (Japanese Umbrella Inky)
Peziza badio-confusa (Common Brown Cup)
Phellinus gilvus (Mustard-yellow Polypore)
Polyporus elegans (Elegant Polypore)
Polyporus squamosus (Pheasant Polypore)
Pycnoporus cinnabarinus (Cinnabar Red Polypore)
Schizophyllum commune (Split Gill)
Scutellinia scutellata (Reddish Eyelash Cup)
Stereum ostrea (False Turkey-tail)
Tetrapyrgos nigripes (Black-footed Marasmus)
Trichaptum biforme (Violet Toothed-Polypore)
Tricholomopsis platyphylla (Platterful Mushroom)

Mushrooms Identified Only to Genus:
Amanita sp.,
Crepidotus sp.,
Gymnopilus sp.,
Inocybe sp.,
& Russula sp.

Pictures by Peter Yeh:

Species list from Club Meeting 16 September 2014 on 09/16/2014

Species list entered by La Monte H.P. Yarroll.

List of species found on the walk at Club Meeting 16 September 2014:

Amanita flavoconia (Yellow Patches)
Boletus innixus ()
Daedaleopsis confragosa (Thin-maze Flat Polypore)
Gyroporus castaneus (Chestnut Bolete)
Helvella macropus (Long-stalked Gray Cup)
Lactarius volemus (Voluminous-latex Milky)
Panellus stipticus (Luminescent Panellus)
Pseudoboletus parasiticus (Parasitic Bolete)
Phellinus pini ()
Piptoporus betulinus (Birch Polypore)
Polyporus badius (Black-footed Polypore)
Ramaria stricta (Strict-branch Coral)
Scleroderma citrinum (Pigskin Poison Puffball)
Russula modesta ()
Stereum complicatum (Crowded Parchment)
Trichaptum abietinum (Conifer Polypore)
Tylopilus felleus (Bitter Bolete)
Tyromyces chioneus (White Cheese Polypore)

Most specimens from Laurel Hill State Park, collected by the ladies from Smugtown Mushrooms.

Food Failures: How to Collect Mushrooms (and Eat Them, Too)

On last Fridays (19th September) Science Friday segment of NPR there was a 17 minute piece on foraging for mushrooms by Eugenia Bone, president  of New York Mycological Society president and author of  Mycophilla. For those that missed it you can listen again here.


Pictures from the Fourteenth Annual Gary Lincoff Mid-Atlantic Mushroom Foray

Hot of the press here are some pictures from this weekends foray. Thank you to all the organizers and volunteers who made sure the event ran smoothly, the guest speakers for their interesting talks and everyone else for finding all the mushrooms.

Most pictures by Michael Yeh with a few by John Stuart and Richard Jacob. Anyone have pictures from some of the other walks? Please send them in and we will add them to the album.