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Turkey Tail

Trametes versicolor


Fuzzy tops, pores present on the underside. They have bands of blue, tan, and white. Turkey tails are saprobes that feed off of decomposing trees. They are also an important food source for fungus gnats, fungus moth caterpillars (Nemaxera betulinella) and Platypezid fly maggots.


Covering much of a trunk of a standing dead tree in the forest. Newnans Lake Conservation Area

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AshleyT a year ago

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Machi a year ago

Thanks Mark and Neil! Neil, I have found Turkey Tails a few times before, but never this many. However, they do tend to grow in clusters. They are saprotrophs, so they live on dead or dying trees. The other ones I found in the area were also on dead trees or fallen branches, but the other trees surrounding the ones pictured were alive and healthy and therefore did not have them.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway a year ago


Neil Ross
Neil Ross a year ago

That is insane! What a cool spotting. Is it normal for them to cluster like that, and were there any on the other tree? Nice one, Machi.

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Florida, USA

Spotted on Feb 3, 2019
Submitted on May 21, 2019

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