Dark Pluteus     Section

Cortinarius husseyiKey to Gilled Mushrooms     Key
This is a key to gilled mushrooms, that is, mushrooms having a definite cap with a fertile surface consisting of gills. The fruiting body usually also has a stem, although that may be lateral or absent (usually, then, the mushroom is growing from wood). You can use this key to identify mushrooms that you find.

TricholomaAgaricales     Order
Fruiting body containing fibers (usually in the stalk)

Pink Spored     Suborder
Spores pink or reddish

Pluteus cervinusPlutaceae     Family
Gills free
Often growing on wood

Pluteus petasatusPluteus     Genus
Lacking a volva
Growing on wood or woody debris
Typically bluntly conical or campanulate when young, becoming umbonate (often a flat cap with a very small umbo) in age
Often somewhat scaly or fibrillose on the disk

Dark Pluteus     Section     

Pluteus cervinus


Narrow down your identification:

Pluteus atromarginatus
Cap up to 4" across; dark brown to black; virgate
Gills white with dark brown to black edges
Stalk white or brownish, coated with darker fibrils
On coniferous wood

Pluteus cervinusPluteus cervinus
Cap up to 5" across; dark brown and often wrinkled and tacky when young, lightening in age, often slightly virgate

Pluteus flavofuligineus
Cap up to 3" across; minutely scurfy; dark brown, olive brown, or yellow mixed with black when young, becoming more and more fulvous with age until entirely so
Stem pinkish when young, becoming yellower with age
On deciduous wood