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Mushroom Identification Guide for Audubon Field Guide

Audubon’s field guide to mushrooms is one of the most popular and widely used. The book was first published in 1872, but it wasn’t until the 1980s that Audubon began publishing its field guides online. Since then, there have been several editions of the book, with each edition containing a different set of species. The latest edition, which includes over 1,000 species of mushrooms (and counting), was released in May 2014.

The Audubon Field Guide to Mushrooms is divided into two parts: “A” contains over 600 species; “B” contains nearly 300. These are the most common types found in North America. Most mushrooms in A are edible and some even medicinal. Some mushrooms are poisonous if eaten raw or undercooked. Others are edible only when cooked.

For example, the brown button mushroom is edible when fresh, but not at all appetizing when it’s aged. Other mushrooms include puffball mushrooms, shiitake mushrooms, oyster mushrooms and many others.

The Audubon Field Guide to Mushrooms has been translated into several languages including Spanish, French and German. The guide has also been used as a textbook for yourcology classes.

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This fun guide is written in plain English to help you identify mushrooms and other fungi in the wild. You’ll learn how to identify edible and poisonous toadstools, and have a good time doing it. Over 450 colour photographs and drawings.

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This book is easy to use with a helpful key for quick reference. The book is categorized by habitat: lawns, gardens, woodland, conifers, etc. Photographic specimens of each mushroom are set against a white background on the opposing page. Each chapter begins with an introduction describing the location, time of year, and any other information pertinent to foragers.

This large, full-colour guide to British fungi has stunning photographs of more than 700 species, accompanied by concise, easy to understand descriptions for quick and easy identification. The most common species are easily recognisable, while less common ones have been chosen for their beauty or uniqueness.

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This book is an absolute must for anyone interested in identifying wild mushrooms. With over 1700 color photographs and an easy-to-use layout, this book will quickly help you identify your finds. Includes information on edibility and toxicity.

This wild mushroom guide has large, clear photographs of a wide range of mushrooms from all over the world. The species are grouped according to the types of trees they grow under – elm, beech, oak, and so forth.

This large-format identifications guide is an ideal size for field use, with illustrations and descriptions of over 180 species of British fungi. The descriptions are concise, with the emphasis on distinctive field characters that separate edible from poisonous or otherwise questionable species. The colour photographs are a big help in identifying the less familiar species.

This pocket-sized guide is a useful quick reference and is organized by colour and habitat. It includes over 400 species of edible and inedible mushrooms from North America, with tips on mushroom cookery.

These waterproof, tearproof cards are easy to carry in your pocket or backpack. The set of 20 cards contains photographs of the most common edible and poisonous mushrooms found in North America. Each card describes the mushroom’s appearance, habitat, and how to prepare and eat it.

This book contains recipes for cooking virtually every edible wild mushroom found in North America. It includes information on purchasing and preparing wild mushrooms, a complete list of species with descriptions and photographs, and extensive notes on foraging tips and procedures.

This book covers the most important edible and medicinal fungi of North America, with descriptions and photographs of 46 species. It includes a colour chart of the poisonous Jack O’Lantern mushroom (Omphalotus olearius) to help you identify and avoid it.

This book covers 100 edible and 40 medicinal species. Each description includes information on where it grows, its appearance, preparation and taste. There is also information on toxic mushrooms and how to avoid them, as well as a list of sources for buying mushrooms.

This is a fascinating and easy-to-use book covering more than 300 edible and 100 medicinal mushrooms found across north America. It has many detailed colour photographs and drawing showing the various stages of development, as well as describing where each mushroom grows and how to identify it.

This pocket guide gives basic information on some of the most commonly collected gourmet mushrooms, with notes on collecting, storing and cooking them. It includes descriptions of taste, smell and how to prepare them.

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This book includes non-technical information on mushroom biology, with keys to help you identify mushrooms to genus. It also covers the history of mushroom use, toxicology, mycophagy (the eating of mushrooms), and conservation issues.

This book, written for mushroom hunters, covers basic methods for identifying mushrooms to genus in the field. It also describes the biology behind what makes a good mushroom hunter.

This book covers the most important edible and poisonous mushrooms of North America, with descriptions and photographs of 46 species. It includes a colour chart of the Jack O’Lantern (Omphalotus olearius) to help you identify and avoid it.

This is the classic guide to all aspects of mushroom hunting and identification, from leading mycologist Alan Rockefeller. It covers the equipment you will need, how to develop your powers of observation, and how to identify all the edible mushrooms in your area.

This is a complete guide to all species of mushroom found in North America, including more than 6,000 colour photographs. It has information on where and when to look for each one, as well as information on where they are poisonous or toxic and what they are used for.

This pocket guide describes the many different types of mushroom that can be found in North America, with detailed information on how to identify them by sight and taste. Each entry includes a colour photograph of the fruit body and a description of its smell, texture and taste.

This book provides detailed information on the edible and poisonous fungi found in the region covered by the Appalachian Mountains, from southern New York to northern Alabama. It includes more than 200 colour photographs, and information on where to find and how to identify each species.

This book describes the edible and poisonous fungi found in the region from eastern Texas to eastern Oklahoma, southern Illinois, Tennessee and northern Georgia. It also covers a few species that can be found in Florida, Louisiana and South Carolina. It includes more than 800 colour photographs, and information on where to find and how to identify each species.

This book describes the edible and poisonous fungi found in the region from southern California to northern California, including Arizona, New Mexico and west Texas. It includes more than 1,000 colour photographs, and information on where to find and how to identify each species.

Mushrooms of Northeastern North America is a comprehensive look at more than 100 species of edible and poisonous mushrooms found in the region, with more than 500 colour photographs.

This handy field guide covers more than 200 species of mushroom found in the midwestern and eastern United States, with detailed descriptions and colour photographs to help you easily identify each kind.

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Covering the most common poisonous mushrooms and some of the less common but still dangerous, this guide includes more than 300 colour photographs to help you identify any mushroom you find.

This pocket guide covers more than 120 species of mushroom found in the Rocky Mountains and surrounding areas, with detailed descriptions and colour photographs to help you easily identify each kind.

This book is a detailed yet easy-to-use guide to all aspects of mushroom hunting in the United States and Canada. It includes information on how and where to find different kinds of mushrooms, as well as detailed descriptions of their physical characteristics, including dimensions, colour, smell and taste.

This handy pocket guide describes more than 100 edible and poisonous mushrooms found in North America, with detailed descriptions and colour photographs to help you easily identify each one.

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West Coast Publishing’s Mycology Series provides books on the topic of mushroom hunting, identification, and cooking.

Cooking and eating mushrooms is a great way to enjoy their taste while also learning how to identify them in the wild. After catching or buying some edible varieties, simply refer to the book and you’ll be able to identify your finds!

Mushroom hunting can be an extremely fun and interesting hobby. You get to go outside, enjoy nature, and eat delicious food! By learning how to identify and cook wild mushrooms, you can really enjoy this hobby even more.

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I’ve since then made a few more adjustments to the recipe to perfect it. Now, I’m ready to move on to the next part of my plan, providing the world with this amazing new product!

I’ve sent a letter to Klyton’s mayor, stating that I wish to speak with him about an important matter concerning the town. Hopefully, he’ll get back to me soon with a good time that we can meet. If all goes well, this could really put my family’s company on the map!

I’m a little nervous about this, but I know it’ll be worth it in the long run.


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I’ve never had anyone talk to me like that before. I’m still shocked by the whole encounter. I thought I was prepared for anything, but this was beyond anything in my imagination.

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I guess I won’t be developing this idea any further.

At least, not here…

At the urging of my sister, I’m going to send a letter to Klyton’s main rival, Teckleville. Maybe they’ll be more receptive to my idea.

Wow, didn’t realize I’d still be so worked up about getting thrown out. I thought I was over it, but remembering the incident is still pissing me off. I really can’t stand that guy.

I have no idea why he’d want to get rid of a potential valuable business partner, but the fact remains that he did. Maybe in Teckleville, I’ll actually be welcomed with open arms.


Well, I tried. I sent letters to the mayor of Teckleville and even the King. No response from either.

No surprise about the mayor, but I thought the King had more respect for business than that. Guess he’s as bad as the rest of them.

Oh well, there’s always traffic in Klyton, even if they don’t want my help.

Last month, my parents and I went out to do some shopping and we stopped at a new restaurant in the Trade District run by some Zalanians.

Sources & references used in this article:

Mushrooms: poisons and panaceas. by DR Benjamin – 1995 –

Toxic and hallucinogenic mushroom poisoning. A handbook for physicians and mushroom hunters. by G Lincoff, DH Mitchel – 1977 –

The mushroom hunter’s field guide by AH Smith, NS Weber, NS Weber – 1980 –