Keys for Macrofungi

Over the years the British Mycological Society and it members have published a large number of keys to fungi in its journals and occasionally in the publications of other societies. We felt that it would be useful to make them accessible to everyone by publishing them on the BMS website.

This is very much a work in progress and it is hoped to continue to add keys to the web page as time permits. If you would like to add a comment or have any suggestions or queries relating to this web page then please contact either Archie McAdam or Liz Holden through the BMS office at admin@britmycolsoc.info

Where the journal is not a BMS publication, permission to reproduce the keys involved has been obtained and full acknowledgement is given.

** See below for Category Notes **


Title Author Category Publication Year
Xerocomus Alan Hills A 2009 Details

Description

Field Mycology 9(3)
Watling: Identification of the larger fungi A 1973 Details

Description

Russula - Blackening Species Geoffrey Kibby A 2001 Details

Description

Field Mycology 2(3)
Quick Waxcap Key Patrick Leonard A 2009 Details

Description

Psathyrella Species with a Red Gill Edge Penny Cullington A Details

Description

Pluteus Getting to grips Richard Iliffe A 2010 Details

Description

Naucoria in Britain by Alick Henrici.pdf A Henrici A Details

Description

Myxomycetes Mouldy Bruce Ing B 1974 Details

Description

Bulletin of BMS 8-1Spring 1974
Myxomycetes Key to corticolous Pts 1-3 David Mitchell B 1978 Details

Description

Part I: Bull. BMS 12 (1) April 1978. Part II Bull. BMS 12 (2) October 1978. Part III: Bull. BMS 13(1) April 1979 Many species are not included so this key could be misleading. There are however some lovely illustrations, which are worth a look.
Mycena - making a start Richard Iliffe A Details

Description

This paper, based on a paper prepared for the Leicestershire Fungus Recording Group, is a good introduction to this genus which contains many beautiful species. It allows the beginner to do exactly what the title implies. The reader is led gently into more and more detail till the species characteristics become clear. Species are grouped together in useful groupings for study and identification as far as it is possible in the field. Helpful micro characters are added together with a section on how to prepare material and how to study it with the microscope.
Leccinum - Synoptic Key Geoffrey Kibby A 2008 Details

Description

From the 39 species recognized in the recent literature, current concepts have reduced the total to just 14, a dramatic reduction by any standards. Presented here is a revised synoptic key based on this work and Geoffrey’s own field observations with notes and descriptions explaining some of the more surprising synonymies and name changes. It is important to stress, as do Bakker and Noordeloos, that our knowledge is not now complete, but it is fair to say that the view of species which they present probably reflects what is ‘out there’ more accurately than any other to date.
Lactarius - Synoptic Key Patrick Leonard rev by A McAdam A 2008 Details

Description

This is an excellent guide to the genus which can often identify the species correctly on a foray when only macro features can be used.
Hypoxylon Pt3 Roy Anderson A 2008 Details

Description

Published in Field Mycology 9(3) This third and final article on Hypoxylon in Britain and Ireland deals with species having rounded, hemispherical or pustulate stromata [masses of tissue in or on which the fruitbodies or spores are produced]. These include many of the more familiar species which occur on birch, beech, oak and ash.
Hypoxylon Pt2 Roy Anderson A 2008 Details

Description

Published in Field Mycology 9(2) This second article on Hypoxylon in Britain and Ireland …. deals with those species of Hypoxylon having effused or flattened fruiting bodies, and a real or perceived affinity to Hypoxylon rubiginosum.
Hypoxylon Pt1 Roy Anderson A 2008 Details

Description

Published in Field Mycology 9(1) The taxonomy and understanding of fungi in the Xylariaceae and in particular within the genus Hypoxylon has seen a considerable number of changes in recent times, but these appear to have scarcely filtered through to the field mycologist. There are few sources in the popular literature which have adequately explained or illustrated these changes and none which encompasses them all…….This paper sets the scene by exploring recent changes in nomenclature in relation to literature sources commonly used by British field mycologists and includes a key to the species.
Galerina - Synoptic Key David Savage A 2008 Details

Description

This key by David Savage, 2008 is intended as an alternative approach to fitting Galerina specimens to the descriptions in British Fungus Flora Vol. 7 (Watling & Gregory). Most of the species in BFF 7 are included in the key. No account has been made for any changes to species descriptions, limits, or names, made since the issue of BFF 7.
Dung Fungi M Richardson & R Watling B 1997 Details

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Cup Fungi of Britain Pt4 Brian Spooner A 2000 Details

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Cup Fungi of Britain Pt3 Brian Spooner A 2001 Details

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Cup Fungi of Britain Pt2 Brian Spooner A Details

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Notes

Category A Keys

Category A Keys consists of keys that have been recently published in the journal Field Mycology and other recently published keys. This means that synoptic keys involving colour can now be downloaded and printed on any colour computer printer.

Category B Keys

Category B consists of keys that still offer useful information for the identification of species but need to be used alongside current checklists and more up to date keys.

Category C Keys

It is fully accepted that many of the older keys are now ‘out of date’ and should not be used for identification purposes. They can however, provide a useful service in allowing a better understanding of the species concept involved in some of the older species names recorded on the FRDBI. They can also provide an insight into the development of the taxonomic understanding of particular genera.