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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Cortinarius II Peter Orton B Details

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Peter Orton

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Clavaria - yellow species Peter Roberts A 2008 Details

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Published in Field Mycology 9 (4) ‘…we now have three yellow or yellowish Clavaria species in the British Isles, all of them unbranched (tubular or clubshaped) and distinctly pale or dull compared with the much commoner and brighter yellow Clavulinopsis species. As with the black and brown Clavaria species (Roberts, 2007), the literature on these species is scattered, so a brief key and descriptions follow.

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Peter Roberts

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Clavaria - A key to the yellow species
Clavaria - brown and black species Peter Roberts A 2008 Details

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Published in Field Mycology 8(2) this key on Clavaria concentrates on the brown and black species prompted by the discovery of not one but three rare species following a workshop in 2005

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Peter Roberts

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Clavaria - Key to brown and black species
Mycena - making a start Richard Iliffe A Details

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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.

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Richard Iliffe

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Mycena – Making a Start on Mycena
Pluteus Getting to grips Richard Iliffe A 2010 Details

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Richard Iliffe

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Hypoxylon Pt3 Roy Anderson A 2008 Details

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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.

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Roy Anderson

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Hypoxylon in the British Isles Part 3
Hypoxylon Pt2 Roy Anderson A 2008 Details

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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.

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Roy Anderson

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Hypoxylon in the British Isles Part 2
Hypoxylon Pt1 Roy Anderson A 2008 Details

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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.

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Roy Anderson

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Hypoxylon in the British Isles Part 1
Armillaria Roy Watling C 1976 Details

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Bulletin of the BMS 10:1 Spring 1976 Roy Watling recommends the Nordic Macromycete key for Armillaria

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Roy Watling

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Identification of the larger fungi Roy Watling A 1973 Details

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Roy Watling

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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.