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.

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

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A Henrici

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Xerocomus Alan Hills A 2009 Details

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Field Mycology 9(3)

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Alan Hills

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Agarics and Boleti - Key to Genus Archie McAdam A 2009 Details

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This is a guide for beginners who take seriously their desire to know how to identify agarics and boleti to genus. After the keys themselves there is an updated summary of the Agarics and Boleti section of Guide to the Literature for the Identification of British Basidiomycetes by Brand, Henrici and Leonard intended for beginners, but useful to all. Then an Index of Genera in 10 publications, including the booklet itself and the recent Funga Nordica. In addition to the main key to genera, Archie includes a key to Galerina which updates the problem key in British Fungus Flora Volume 7 and Derek Schafer's Simplified Key to Coprinus s.l. A comprehensive glossary of terms used in the booklet is included. This key is available as a book suitable to take on forays. The book is now (2011) in its second edition and can be purchased from Summerfield Books, 3 Phoenix Park, Skelton, Penrith, Cumbria, CA11 9SD, or by email info@summerfieldbooks.com, Tel +44(0)1768 484 909.

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Archie McAdam

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Cup Fungi of Britain Pt3 Brian Spooner A 2001 Details

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Brian Spooner

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Cup Fungi of Britain Pt1 Brian Spooner A 2000 Details

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Brian Spooner

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Cup Fungi of Britain Pt2 Brian Spooner A Details

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Brian Spooner

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Cup Fungi of Britain Pt4 Brian Spooner A 2000 Details

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Brian Spooner

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Myxomycetes Mouldy Bruce Ing B 1974 Details

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Bulletin of BMS 8-1Spring 1974

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Bruce Ing

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Myxomycetes Key to corticolous Pts 1-3 David Mitchell B 1978 Details

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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.

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David Mitchell

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Galerina - Synoptic Key David Savage A 2008 Details

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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.

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David Savage

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Galerina, Synoptic Key
Cortinarius - Myxacium G Kibby, A Burnham and A Henrici A 2009 Details

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Published in Field Mycology 10(2) ‘For the time being we follow Funga Nordica in recognising just four convenient (if unnatural) groupings: Cortinarius (including Dermocybe and Leprocybe p.p.), Myxacium, Phlegmacium and Telamonia. Phlegmacium and Myxacium are traditionally separated on the extent of viscosity: in Phlegmacium the pileus is usually viscid but the stipe dry and there is an arachnoid veil, while in Myxacium both the pileus and stipe are viscid with a glutinous veil……………… Keys to species of subgenus Myxacium are keys to species which include both those which have been recorded in Britain and those which might be expected to occur in suitable habitats.

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G Kibby, A Burnham and A Henrici

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Cortinarius subgenus Myxacium
Leccinum - Synoptic Key Geoffrey Kibby A 2008 Details

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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.

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Geoffrey Kibby

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Synoptic Key to British Species of Leccinum
Russula - Blackening Species Geoffrey Kibby A 2001 Details

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Field Mycology 2(3)

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Geoffrey Kibby

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Pluteus - This is a careful attempt to clarify the confusing literarture available for identification of Pluteus species with keys to the British species Geoffrey Kibby, Antony Burnham and Alick Henrici A 2012 Details

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Published in Field Mycology 11(3) A discussion of the problems that arise when mycologists differ about species concepts in this genus with keys to separate the problem species

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Geoffrey Kibby, Antony Burnham and Alick Henrici

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Some Problems in the genus Pluteus
Dung Fungi M Richardson & R Watling B 1997 Details

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M Richardson & R Watling

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Quick Waxcap Key Patrick Leonard A 2009 Details

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Patrick Leonard

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Lactarius - Synoptic Key Patrick Leonard rev by A McAdam A 2008 Details

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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.

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Patrick Leonard rev by A McAdam

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Synoptic key to British species of Lactarius
Psathyrella Species with a Red Gill Edge Penny Cullington A Details

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Penny Cullington

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Conocybe Peter Orton C 1960 Details

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New Checklist of British Agarics and Boleti - Part III Notes on Genera and species in the list. Trans. Brit. mycol. Soc. 43 (2), 190-198. (1960).

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Peter Orton

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Cortinarius I Peter Orton B Details

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Peter Orton

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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.