Newbie here and help with ID request please

Please try to include photos to show all parts of the fungus, eg top, stem, and gills.
Note any smells, and associated trees or plants (eg oak, birch). A spore print can be very useful.
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Newbie here and help with ID request please

Post by Hallelujahal » Wed Nov 18, 2020 10:40 am

Hi folks newbie here from Preston, Lancs area. Whilst walking the dog this morning came across the fungi in the pictures on an old fallen tree near a small stream. The cap size is around 1- 3 cm.
Just really intrigued to learn what they are, and if anyone’s able to help me I’d be very grateful.
Thanks for all help!
Kind regards Alex
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Post by adampembs » Wed Nov 18, 2020 11:19 am

Are these two different fungi?
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Post by Lancashire Lad » Wed Nov 18, 2020 11:48 am

Hi, and welcome to UK Fungi.

The ones where we can see the undersides in the first photo aren't yet fully mature.
The partial veil between stem and margin of cap hasn't broken, so we can't yet see the gills (which would give us more information towards confident suggestions of species).

However, I'm thinking that these have the general looks of Psathyrella piluliformis - Common Stump Brittlestem.

For future reference, if you have an ongoing interest in the subject, please take a moment to read http://www.fungi.org.uk/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=49 HELP US TO HELP YOU TO IDENTIFY YOUR FINDS, to see the sort of information generally needed when trying to identify people's finds.
If you read that post, you will see that a lot of information can be required in order to obtain confident ID suggestions. - And much of that information wouldn't necessarily be obvious to someone new to fungi identification. Almost all of us will have found that out very quickly when we first started!
We appreciate that you might not always be able to obtain all the necessary information, but the more details that can be provided, the better your chances will be.

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Re: Newbie here and help with ID request please

Post by Hallelujahal » Wed Nov 18, 2020 11:57 am

Thank you for your guidance. The same fungi in both pics . Appreciate all help!
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Post by adampembs » Wed Nov 18, 2020 2:50 pm

Ah, there lies the confusion, newbie mistake :-) Fungi is a plural not a singular. Two species are fungi, one species is a fungus.
Saying one fungi is like saying "one dogs."

I agree with Mike's ID, as far as one can ever be sure with Psathyrella...
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Re: Newbie here and help with ID request please

Post by Chris Yeates » Wed Nov 18, 2020 3:31 pm

Hi
I cannot agree with the suggested ID. That scaly stem is wrong for Psathyrella and certainly wrong for P. piluliformis (apart from its appearance I've never seen P. piluliformis fruitbodies scattered like that, they're always clustered). I'd be looking around Strophariaceae - Stropharia / Pholiota and related genera. It actually looks rather interesting, but would need some work on specimens.
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