Class: Agaricomycetes

This group contains all our photo galleries of plant life, belonging to the Taxonomic Class Agaricomycetes. The galleries of photos are sorted by their Taxonomic Genus and Species. Click on the photo to view the gallery contents.

Fungi in the Agaricomycetes class are widespread in virtually all terrestrial ecosystems worldwide and scientists have described approximately 16000 species. Agaricomycetes produce mushrooms, the conspicuous form of fungi we are all familiar with. Whilst other fungi produce large fruiting bodies as well, the diversity of forms within the Agaricomycetes class is vast. Agaricomycetes function as decayers, pathogens, parasites, and mutualistic symbionts (two different species that both benefit from their interaction) of both plants and animals. The majority of edible mushrooms are Agaricomycetes and some species have been successfully cultivated and domesticated but most wild-collected edible species are difficult or impossible to cultivate. Mushroom hunters should also be aware that some species are toxic and it can be difficult for the untrained eye to tell them apart from edible species.
Amanita muscaria (Fly Agaric)Auricularia cornea (Wood Ear Fungus)Bolbitius vitellinus (Egg Yolk Toadstool)Clavogaster novozelandicus (Blue Pouch Fungus)Clitocybe nebularis (Clouded Funnel Agaric)Crinipellis procera (Horsehair Fungus)Crucibulum laeve (Brown Bird's Nest Fungus)Cruentomycena viscidocruenta (Ruby Bonnet)Favolaschia calocera (Orange Pore Fungus)Ganoderma cf. applanatum (Artist's Bracket Fungus)Gymnopilus junonius (Giant Flame Cap)Mycena parsonsiae (Pink Helmet Fungus)Mycena ura (Crimson Helmet)Pholiota aurivella (Golden Scalycap)Pycnoporus coccineus (Orange Bracket Fungus)Roridomyces austrororidus (Jelly-stemmed Helmet)Trametes versicolor  (Turkey Tail Fungus)Tremellodendropsis flagelliformis (Coral Fungus)