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Pluteus cervinus

Common Name: Deer Mushroom

Synonyms: Species Fungorum

Substrate: Dead Wood, often stumps

Location: Hardwood Forests

Spore Color: Pink

Gill Color: Whitish or pinkish 

Comments: 

This is a very common mushroom out in the forests. You will always find it growing from wood, butsometimes the wood can be buried. It does not get the name from deer eating the mushroom, but rather when you look at the gills under a microscope, it has cells that look like antlers. 

Look for the free gills, brown cap, and the pink spores.  This can be best thought of as a "species group." Multiple genetic species under the same name.

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Pluteus cervinus

5/24/13 - Yellowwood State Forest - Brown County, IN

Pluteus cervinus

Pluteus cervinus

Pluteus cervinus

6/4/10 - Brown County State Park - Nashville, IN

Pluteus cervinus

9/13/12 - Brown County State Park - Nashville, IN

Pluteus cervinus

9/29/11 - Paynestown SRA - Bloomington, IN