GILLED MUSHROOMS: Pale-spored

Gilled mushrooms come in several different shapes, although typically we think of them as cap and stem mushrooms, and have historically called them ‘Agarics’. The gills are thin, fragile downward-facing plates on which spores are produced within structures called basidia. Some gilled mushrooms do not have much if any stem, such as oyster mushrooms (Pleurotus species) and Crepidotus species. Others, such as Gilled Boletes (Phylloporus species) and Tapinella species are actually more closely related to boletes than to members of the Agaricales. Due to their unique structure consisting of principally spherical cells causing these fruiting bodies to break like chalk, Lactarius, Lactifluus and Russula species are listed in their own category.


To facilitate your search for particular gilled mushrooms, I have divided them into two groups and distiguished them by whether their spores are pale or light-colored and those that are dark-colored. Light-colored spores can be white, cream, pale to dark yellow, and pink to salmon-pink

Dark-colored spores can be brown, black, purple, or rust depending on the genus and species. Notice that there are more pale or light-spored fungi than there are dark-spored. 

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Amanita atkinsoniana

LIGHT-SPORED GILLED FUNGI

AMANITA____abrupta____bisporigera____brunnescens____brunnescens var. pallida

___canescens____citrina (See A. mappa)____ceciliae (rhacopus)group

____cokeri(subcokeri)____crenulata____daucipes ____farinosa____flavoconia

____flavorubens____frostiana____fulva group____jacksonii____mappa(citrina)

____muscaria var. guessowei____onusta____pantherina____peckiana____phalloides

____polypyramis ____praecox 32 (no ring)____rhacopus (cecileae) ____rhopalopus

____rubescens____russuloides (ring)____sinicoflava____spreta____subcokeri____subsolitaria

____vaginata group____volvata____wellsii

AMPULLOCLITOCYBE____clavipes

ARMILLARIA____gallica____mellea____solidipes (ostoyae)____tabescens(See DESARMILLARIA)

ARRHENIA____epichysium

ASTEROPHORA____lycoperdoides____parasitica

BAEOSPORA____myosura

CALOCYBE____carnea (See RUGOMYCES carneus)

CANTHARELLULA____umbonata

CHEIMONOPHYLLUM____candissimum

CHLOROPHYLLUM (Lepiota)____molybdites____rhacodes

CHROMOSERA____cyanophylla

CLITOCELLA (Rhodocybe)____mundula

CLITOCYBE____candicans____clavipes (See AMPULOCLITOCYBE)____dealbata____gibba ____irina____nuda (See LEPISTA)____odora____robusta____subconnexa (See LEPISTA)____squamulosa____trunicola

CLITOCYBE ____gibba

CLITOCYBULA____abundans___familia___oculus

CLITOPILUS____prunulus

COLLYBIA____cirrhata____tuberosa____zonata (Crinipellis zonata)

CONNOPUS (GYMNOPUS, COLLYBIA)____acervata

CUPHOPHYLLUS (Hygrophorus)____lacmus____praetensis____virgineus

CYPTOTRAMA____asprata

CYSTODERMA____amianthinum____amianthinum var. rugosoreticulatum____cinnabarina (see CYSTODERMELLA)

CYSTODERMELLA____cinnabarinum____granolosa

DESARMILLARIA____tabescens

ECHINODERMA (Lepiota) ____asperum

ENTOLOMA____abortivum____asprellum____caesiocinctum____conicum____formosum____grande ____griseum____irinum____luridum____luteum____murrayi____quadratum ____rhodopolium____salmoneum ___serrulatum____sinuatum____strictius____subsinuatum____umbonatum____unicolor ____vernum

FLAMMULINA_____velutipes

GERRONEMA____strombodes

GLIOANYTHOMYCES_____nitidus (Hygrocybe nitida)

GLIOPHORUS (HYGROCYBE, HYGROPHORUS)____irrigatus____laetus____perplexus____psittacinus

GYMNOPUS (COLLYBIA)_____alkalivirens____androsaceus____biformis____confluens (on conifer litter)____dichrous (on sticks)____dryophila____dysodes____foetidus____lentinoides(See RHODOCOLLYBIA)____luxurians____semihirtipes_____subnudus (on leaves)____subsulphureus

HOHENBUEHELIA____petaloides____serotina

HUMIDICUTIS (HYGROCYBE)____marginata var. concolor____marginata var. marginata ____marginata var. olivacea 

HYGROCYBE____cantharellus____caespitosa____chlorphana(flavescens)____chrysodon____coccinea____conica ____cuspidata____miniata____minutula____parvula____persistens____punicea____purpureofolius____turundus

HYGROPHORUS____agathosmos____angustifolius____camarophyllus____chrysodon____eburneus ____erubescens____flavodiscus____fuligineus ____lacmus (See CUPHOPHYLUS) ____russula____speciosus____sordidus____subovinus (see NEOHYGROCYBE)

HYMENOPELLIS (XERULA)____furfuracea____megalospora____rubrobrunnescens

HYPSIZYGUS____marmoreus(tessulatus)____ulmarius

LACCARIA____amethystina____bicolor____laccata____laccata var. palidifolia ____nobilis____ochropurpurea____ohiensis ____proxima____striatula____tortilis____trullissata

LACTARIUS/LACTIFLUUS (See next page)

LENTINELLUS____cochleatus____cohaerens____ursinus____vulpinus

LENTINUS (a polypore) ____levis____suavissimus____tigrinus

LEPIOTA____aspera (see ECHINODERMA)____clypeolaria____cristata____magnispora

LEPISTA (CLITOCYBE)____irina____nuda____subconnexa

LEUCOAGARICUS (LEPIOTA)____americanus____naucinus____rubrotinctus

LEUCOCOPRINUS____birnbaumii____cepaestipes

LEUCOPAXILLUS____albissimus____giganteus

LEUCOCYBE (LYOPHYLLUM)____connatum

LYOPHYLLUM____connatum(See LEUCOCYBE) ____decastes______loricatum____multiforme

MACROLEPIOTA (LEPIOTA)____procera

MARASMIELLUS____praecutus

MARASMIUS____androsaceus____capillaris____cohaerans____delectans____epiphyllus____oreades ____praeacutus  (see MARASMIELLUS) ____pulcherripes____rotula____scorondonius____siccus____strictipes____sullivantii

MEGACOLLYBIA____rodmanii (platyphylla)

MELANOLEUCA____alboflavida____cognata____melaleuca

MICROMPHALE____foetidum

MYCENA____acicula____alcalina______atkinsoniana____corticola_______epipterygia_______galericulata _______galopus____haematopus ____inclinata ____leaiana____leptocephala____luteopallens____maculata____pura ‘group’ ____sanguinolenta____subcaerulea

NEOHYGROCYBE (HYGRPHORUS)____subovina

NEOLENTINUS____lepideus

OMPHALINA____chrysophylla

OMPHALOTUS____illudens

PANELLUS ____serotinus (See HOHENBEUHELIA)____stipticus____violaceofulvus

PANUS (Polyporales)____conchatus____neostrigosus

PAXILLUS (Boletales)____atrotomentosa (See TAPINELLA atrotomentosa) ____involutus____panuiodes

PHYLLOPORUS___leucomycelinus____rhodoxanthus

PHYLLOTOPSIS____nidulans

PLEUROCYBELLA____porrigens

PLEUROTUS____dryinus____ostreatus____populinius____pulmonarius

PLICATUROPSIS____crispa

PLUTEUS____admirabilis____americanus (salicinus)____atromarginatus____cervinus____flavofuligineus ____granularis____leoninus____longistriatus____petasatus____tomentosulus

PSEUDOCLITOCYBE (CLITOCYBE)____cyathiformis

PSEUDOAMILLARIELLA (CLITOCYBE)____ectypoides

RESUPINATUS____alboniger____applicatus____striatulus

RHIZOMARASMIUS____pyrrhocephalus

RHODOCOLLYBIA (COLLYBIA)____butyracea____lentinoides____maculata____maculata var. scorzonera

RHODOCYBE (See CLITOCELLA)____mundula (popinalis)

RICKENELLA____fibula

RUGOMYCES (CALOCYBE)____carneus

RUSSULA (SEE Next page)

SCHIZOPHYLLUM____commune

STROBILURIUS____sp.

TAPINELLA (Paxillus)____atrotomentosa

TECTELLA____patellaris

TETRAPYROGUS (Marasmius)____nigripes

TRICHOLOMA____aestuans____aurantium____caligatum____davisiae____flavovirens____ fumosoluteum____imbricatum____magnivelare____myomyces____odorum____palustre ____pessundatum____pullum____roseoacerbum____saponaceum____subluteum____ suberesplendens ____subsejunctum____transmutans____ustale____virgatum

TRICHOLOMOPSIS____decora____rutilans____sulphurioides

VOLVARIA (See VOLVARIELLA)

VOLVARIELLA (VOLAVARIA)____bombycina____speciosa

XEROMPHALINA____campanella____kaufmanii