(image from kenkneidel)
I’ll be updating this guide as I have time. Please enjoy The Really, Really Quick Version in the meantime!
Turkey Tail, or Trametes versicolor, and all of its lookalikes are probably the most misidentified fungi on iNaturalist. To make matters worse, all four of these species love to grow together on the same logs, just to confuse you. This is a guide to help observers figure out how to identify them correctly!
There are more to be sure, but these have the highest rates of misidentification. More will be added to the list later.
The Really, Really Quick Version
|Trametes versicolor||"Turkey Tail"|
|Stereum ostrea||"False Turkey Tail"|
|Trichaptum biforme||"Purple Tooth Polypore"|
|Cerrena unicolor||"Mossy Maze Polypore"|
The Detailed Version
What can you do to help?
- Take photos of the underside when you observe mushrooms!
- Take more than one picture - the more the better!
- Use this guide to help identify some of these taxa. For example, there are tons of Trichaptum biforme misidentified as Cerrena unicolor.
- Link to this guide when helping others learn to identify these similar mushrooms.
- Give me feedback in the comments below!