Random Fungi: Turkey Tails and Kin

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Turkey tail or similar fungus. Photographed 03/27/2016 at Zaleski State Forest near Logan, Ohio.

One of the most common forest fungi in North America is the turkey tail (Polyporales: Polyporaceae: Trametes versicolor). Found year-round on decaying hardwood trees and sometimes conifers, this mushroom gets its common name from its colorful, fan-like similarity to the tail of a wild turkey.

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Turkey tail or similar fungus. Photographed 03/27/2016 at Zaleski State Forest near Logan, Ohio.

Several other fungi also bear a strong resemblance to turkey tails, however. Other species of Trametes as well as the “false turkey tail” (Russulales: Stereaceae: Stereum ostrea) look pretty similar at first glance. They can be distinguished by identification techniques including pore count, spore print, microscopic features, and chemical reactions.

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Turkey tail or similar fungus. Photographed 03/27/2016 at Zaleski State Forest near Logan, Ohio.

Although fungus identification isn’t really within my realm of experience, I did want to share these interesting photos and basic information for future reference.

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About Jeremy Sell

Science and nature nerd.
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One Response to Random Fungi: Turkey Tails and Kin

  1. Miriam says:

    My husband has a fascination with taking close ups of fungus.

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