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Deer shield

Pluteus cervinus


The cap can be up to 15 cm in diameter, but is often much smaller. Initially it is bell-shaped, and often wrinkled when young. Later it expands to a convex shape. The cap can be deer-brown, but vary from light ochre-brown to dark brown, with a variable admixture of grey or black. The centre of the cap may be darker. The cap surface is smooth and matte to silky-reflective. The cap skin shows dark radial fibres when seen through a lens, indicating that the microscopic cuticle structure is filamentous. The gills are initially white, but soon show a distinctive pinkish sheen, caused by the ripening spores. The stipe is 5-12 cm long and 0.7-2.0 cm in diameter, usually thicker at the base. It is covered with brown vertical fibrils on a white ground. The flesh is soft and white. The mushroom has a mild to earthy radish smell and a mild taste at first, which may become slightly bitter. The spore size is approximately 8×5μ, and the individual spores are elliptical and smooth. The spore print is salmon-pink to reddish-brown.


It is found on rotten logs, roots and tree stumps and is widely distributed. It can also grow on sawdust and other wood waste.


Spotted in a mix forest near my house,growing in a old oak cuted trunk

1 Species ID Suggestions

orbea 8 years ago
Deer Mushroom
Pluteus cervinus group Pluteus

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Thanks Orbea for one more id
Sckel,é fácil,pegas em papel tipo guardanapo de papel,cortas o pé ao cogumelo e pousas com as "guelrs" viradas para baixo,esperas umas horas e os esporos marcam o papel eu usei duas cores de papel porque pensava que podiam se brancas as impressões,experimenta é bué de fácil :-9

Sckel 8 years ago

Como voce fez a primeira foto, Antonio?

Braga, Portugal

Spotted on Dec 24, 2013
Submitted on Dec 26, 2013

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