For this #WeeWednesday I wanted to show you all how much difference exists within certain groups of mushrooms and further highlight how messy scientific classification can be. This specimen falls somewhere under the group people refer to as “golden chanterelles,” just in the sense that it is a chanterelle and is a golden yellow color, but it doesn’t look like one of the species that makes up the more classic looking golden chants. What I mean is this one is very tall and skinny, without the wide, vase-like cap that golden chanterelles are known for.
Golden chanterelles were originally classified as the species Cantharellus cibarius. Over time, mycologists realized that this group was actually made up of several various species that had similar features. Reclassification in this group is still ongoing, and scientists still aren’t sure how many distinct species exist in North America.
I don’t know what exact species this one is, but it was very different from any other golden chants I found in the same area. In fact, it was the only one I’ve ever found that looked quite like this. If anyone has any suggestions, I’d love some feedback in the comments. Does anybody else find this variety?
Follow @mushrooms_and_fish to learn more about wild mushrooms. Tomorrow we’ll look at a couple other types of chanterelles often encountered in the fall! 🍄🍁🍄 - 50 minutes ago