Singer & A.H.Sm. (1946)
(Fr.) Quél. (1872)
The Strophariaceae are a family of fungi in the order Agaricales. Under an older classification, the family covered 18 genera and 1316 species. The species of Strophariaceae have red-brown to dark brown spore prints, while the spores themselves are smooth and have an apical germ pore. These agarics are also characterized by having a cutis-type pileipellis. Ecologically, all species in this group are saprotrophs, growing on various kinds of decaying organic matter. The family was described in 1946 by mycologists Rolf Singer and Alexander H. Smith.
- The genus Stropharia is mainly a medium to large agaric with a distinct membranous annulus. Spore-print color is generally medium to dark purple-brown, except for a few species with rusty-brown spores. There is a great deal of variation, however, since this groups as presently delimited is polyphyletic. Members of the core clade of Stropharia are characterized by crystalline acanthocytes among the hyphae that make up the rhizoids at the base of the mushroom.
- The genus Hypholoma (formerly Naematoloma) is mainly a saprobe on wood and often grows in caespitose clusters. Spore print varies from medium brown to purple brown. These species all share a subcutaneous layer of inflated cells.
- The genus Pholiota is characterized by a dull brown to cinnamon brown spore print. A well-known edible species is the Japanese nameko mushroom (Pholiota nameko)
- The genus Psilocybe is well known for its psychedelic mushrooms, such as Psilocybe cubensis. Unlike most groups within the Strophariaceae, Psilocybe species do not have chrysocystidia on the surface of their lamellae. In more modern phylogenetically revised classifications this genus is placed in the Hymenogastraceae.
- The genus Deconica now holds many fungi previously in the genus Psilocybe since it was shown to be polyphyletic. The blue-staining hallucinogenic species of Psilocybe remain there whilst the non-bluing species of this genus are in the process of being moved to Deconica, as they have shown not to be so closely related.
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- Singer R, Smith AH. (1946). "The taxonomic position of Pholiota mutabilis and related species". Mycologia 38 (5): 500–23.
- Matheny PB, Curtis JC, Hofstetter V, Aime MC, Moncalvo JM, et al. (2006). "Major clades of Agaricales: a multi-locus phylogenetic overview". Mycologia 98 (6): 982–95. doi:10.3852/mycologia.98.6.982. PMID 17486974.