Entoloma abortivum

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Entoloma abortivum
Entoloma abortivum parasitizing the fruit bodies of Armillaria gallica
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Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Fungi
Division: Basidiomycota
Class: Agaricomycetes
Order: Agaricales
Family: Entolomataceae
Genus: Entoloma
E. abortivum
Binomial name
Entoloma abortivum

Agaricus abortivus Berk. & M.A.Curtis (1859)
Clitopilus abortivus (Berk. & M.A.Curtis) Sacc.
Rhodophyllus abortivus (Berk. & M.A.Curtis) Singer (1969)

Entoloma abortivum, commonly known as the aborted entoloma[2] or shrimp of the woods, is an edible mushroom in the Entolomataceae family of fungi. Caution should be used in identifying the species before eating[3] (similar species such as Entoloma sinuatum being poisonous).[4] First named Clitopilus abortivus by Miles Joseph Berkeley and Moses Ashley Curtis, it was given its current name by the Dutch mycologist Marinus Anton Donk in 1949.[5]

It was believed that the honey mushroom, Armillaria mellea, was parasitizing the entoloma. But research[6] has indicated that the inverse may be true—the entoloma may be parasitizing the honey mushroom. There is still some disagreement by mushroom collectors about this since it is common to see both the aborted and unaborted forms of the entoloma on wood and in leaf litter, whereas Armillaria generally only fruits on wood. Both versions of the entoloma have also been observed when there are no Armillaria fruiting.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ "Synonyms: Entoloma abortivum (Berk. & M.A. Curtis) Donk, Bull. bot. Gdns Buitenz. 18: 157 (1949)". Index Fungorum. CAB International. Retrieved 2012-11-04.
  2. ^ Spahr DL. (2009). Edible and Medicinal Mushrooms of New England and Eastern Canada. Richmond, California: North Atlantic Books. pp. 155–60. ISBN 9781556437953.
  3. ^ Phillips, Roger (2010). Mushrooms and Other Fungi of North America. Buffalo, NY: Firefly Books. p. 157. ISBN 978-1-55407-651-2.
  4. ^ Miller Jr., Orson K.; Miller, Hope H. (2006). North American Mushrooms: A Field Guide to Edible and Inedible Fungi. Guilford, CN: FalconGuide. p. 215. ISBN 978-0-7627-3109-1.
  5. ^ Donk MA. (1949). Bulletin du Jardin Botanique de Buitenzorg. 18: 157. {{cite journal}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  6. ^ "Mycologia 93 (5): 841, 2001".

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