Mushroom Miscellanea

Omphalina is the finest amateur mushrooming newletter in North America. It is published by Foray Newfoundland and Labrador and edited my Andrus Voitk. Back issues are available here as PDF files.

  1. Omphalina Vol. 5 No. 1 (2014.01.13)
  2. Omphalina Vol. 5 No. 2 (2014.02.28)
  3. Omphalina Vol. 5 No. 3 (2014.03.19)
  4. Omphalina Vol. 5 No. 4 (2014.04.15)
  5. Omphalina Vol. 5 No. 5 (2014.05.26)
  6. Omphalina Vol. 5 No. 6 (2014.06.21)
  7. Omphalina Vol. 5 No. 7 (2014.07.30)
  8. Omphalina Vol. 5 No. 8 (2014.08.30)
  9. Omphalina Vol. 5 No. 9 (2014.10.26)
  10. Omphalina Vol. 5 No. 10 (2014.11.25)
  11. Omphalina Vol. 5 No. 11 (2014.12.15)
  1. Omphalina Vol. 4 No. 1 (2013.01.13)
  2. Omphalina Vol. 4 No. 2 (2013.03.01)
  3. Omphalina Vol. 4 No. 3 (2013.04.04)
  4. Omphalina Vol. 4 No. 4 (2013.05.22)
  5. Omphalina Vol. 4 No. 5 (2013.06.20)
  6. Omphalina Vol. 4 No. 6 (2013.07.14)
  7. Omphalina Vol. 4 No. 7 (2013.08.12)
  8. Omphalina Vol. 4 No. 8 (2013.09.20)
  9. Omphalina Vol. 4 No. 9 (2013.10.14)
  10. Omphalina Vol. 4 No. 10 (2013.11.30)
  11. Omphalina Vol. 4 No. 11 (2013.12.17)
  1. Omphalina Vol. 3 No. 1 (2012.01.31)
  2. Omphalina Vol. 3 No. 2 (2012.02.06)
  3. Omphalina Vol. 3 No. 3 (2012.03.21)
  4. Omphalina Vol. 3 No. 4 (2012.04.27)
  5. Omphalina Vol. 3 No. 5 (2012.05.22)
  6. Omphalina Vol. 3 No. 6 (2012.06.22)
  7. Omphalina Vol. 3 No. 7 (2012.07.14)
  8. Omphalina Vol. 3 No. 8 (2012.08.26)
  9. Omphalina Vol. 3 No. 9 (2012.09.15)
  10. Omphalina Vol. 3 No. 10 (2012.10.31)
  11. Omphalina Vol. 3 No. 11 (2012.11.15)
  12. Omphalina Vol. 3 No. 12 (2012.12.18)
  1. Omphalina Vol. 2 No. 1 (2011.01.25)
  2. Omphalina Vol. 2 No. 2 (2011.02.24)
  3. Omphalina Vol. 2 No. 3 (2011.04.11)
  4. Omphalina Vol. 2 No. 4 (2011.05.07)
  5. Omphalina Vol. 2 No. 5 (2011.06.21)
  6. Omphalina Vol. 2 No. 6 (2011.07.23)
  7. Omphalina Vol. 2 No. 7 (2011.08.24)
  8. Omphalina Vol. 2 No. 8 (2011.10.02)
  9. Omphalina Vol. 2 No. 9 (2011.12.11)
  1. Omphalina Vol. 1 No. 1 (2010.07.01)
  2. Omphalina Vol. 1 No. 2 (2010.08.01)
  3. Omphalina Vol. 1 No. 3 (2010.09.01)
  4. Omphalina Vol. 1 No. 4 (2010.09.15)
  5. Omphalina Vol. 1 No. 5 (2010.10.27)
  6. Omphalina Vol. 1 No. 6 (2010.11.20)
  7. Omphalina Vol. 1 No. 7 (2010.12.20)
  1. Trail Key to Common Agaricus Species of the Central California Coast by Fred Stevens (PDF)
  2. Arcangeliella by Herb Saylor et al. (PDF)
  3. Clitocybe of California by Denise Gregory (PDF)
  4. Key to Common Puffballs of California by Fred Stevens (PDF)
  5. Links to many mushroom and other fungi keys can be found at the Systematics Descriptions and Keys page.

Taylor F. Lockwood

Click to visit Taylor's website!


Taylor F. Lockwood is one of the finest photographers of the fleshy fungi. Without his superb photographs, and his willingness to share them with us, the "Fungi of the San Francisco Bay Area" (which is now The Fungi of California) would never have began. (Note: this page is from 2000 or before...different selections would be made today!)

  1. Click on the photo montage above to go to Taylor's WWW pages!
  2. Taylor's 1997 Treasures Tour poster.
  3. A newer Treasures Tour poster.
  4. Taylor's Photo montage for the New York Times.
  5. Taylor's Aquarium.
  6. Taylor's Stamps.
  7. See a photograph of Taylor.
  8. Here are 15 of my favorite Taylor photographs from the The Fungi of California:
    1. Aleuria aurantia (Orange Cup)
    2. Auriscalpium vulgare
    3. Boletus zelleri (Zeller's Bolete)
    4. Coprinus micaceus (Mica Cap)
    5. Coprinus micaceus (Mica Cap)
    6. Geastrum saccatum (Earthstar)
    7. Helvella lacunosa (Black Elfin Saddle)
    8. Hygrocybe psittacina (Parrot Mushroom)
    9. Hygrophorus chrysodon
    10. Lycoperdon perlatum (Puffball)
    11. Marasmiellus candidus
    12. Phaeolus schweinitzii
    13. Russula sanguinea (Rosy Russula)
    14. Strobilurus trullisatus
    15. Tricholomopsis rutilans
  9. Email Taylor
Poisionous Mushrooms -- Click for Larger Version

The poster includes warnings in Spanish, Russian, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Cambodian, Laotian, Vietnamese, and Thai. It was produced by the North American Mycologcial Association and the Mycological Society of San Fransisco.

  • An Article for April 1st!
  • Faith Based Mycophagy
  • Mushroom Slang Terminology
  • A doctor, an engineer, and a fungal taxonomist arrived at The Pearly Gates. The doctor said how he'd healed the sick, helped the lame ; but he was a sinner and was sent to Hell. The engineer told how he'd built homes for the homeless, etc. ; but he messed up the environment, so he was sent to Hell. The taxonomist was frightened by all this, but as soon as he mentioned his occupation, God said "You've already been thru Hell: Welcome to Heaven."

  • Did you hear about the fungus and the alga?
    .....they took a lichen to each other.

  • A small twin-prop commuter plane was hijacked by a desperate animal rights extremist who vowed to kill one of the passengers to demonstrate his serious intentions. There were two passengers present, a microbiologist and a yeast geneticist. The hijacker gave each one two minutes to explain why they shouldn't be killed. The microbiologist (who studied bacteria) talked for 1 minute 59 seconds explaining that he studies bacteria, bacteria are model organisms for the study of genetics and physiology etc. etc. and finished with an emotional, bacteria-laden plea which had the hijacker in tears. When he was done, they turned to the yeast geneticist who said, "let me explain to you why yeast genetics is an important discipline..." but he was interrupted by the microbiologist who exclaimed "Shoot me! Shoot me!"

  • Q. What did the zoospore say as it was leaving the zoosporangium?
    A. "After you, I encyst!"

  • Q. What do you call a mushroom that buys all your drinks?
    A. A fungi to be with.

  • Q. Why did the fungus refrain from sex?
    A. Because sex is a pain in the ascus.

  • Said mycologist Linda, verbatim,
    "When it comes to the earth stars, I hate 'em"
    So asked by her master
    To key a Geaster
    She growled out a curse, "fornicatum!"

  • Did you hear that the French are such mushroom lovers that they eat dried slices of regular button mushrooms with milk in the morning like we eat cereal?
    .....they call it the "breakfast of champignons".

  • A woman announces to her friend that she is getting married for the fourth time.
    "How wonderful! But I hope you don't mind me asking what happened to your first husband?"
    "He ate poisonous mushrooms and died."
    "Oh, how tragic! What about your second husband?"
    "He ate poisonous mushrooms too and died."
    "Oh, how terrible! I'm almost afraid to ask you about your third husband."
    "He died of a broken neck."
    "A broken neck?"
    "He wouldn't eat the mushrooms."

  • A Recipe for Pig's Ears (Gomphus clavatus):

    Rinse the pigs ears thoroughly. Pat dry and slice very thin. In a lightly oiled sauté pan place a piece of ginger to flavor oil and cook over high heat to release the flavor. Place the thinly sliced pigs ears into the pan and toss over high heat until lightly browned and caramelized (about 5 minutes). At this point add a clove or two of garlic to taste. Don't put the garlic in earlier as it will burn and provide an unpleasant bitter taste and aroma. Just let the garlic release its flavor and slightly brown and then immediately add a couple tablespoons of chicken stock and cover. Let stand to steam for 1 minute. The stock will have evaporated by this time. Place the pigs ears on paper towels to drain any excess oil and cover tightly with another layer of paper towel. Fold the edges of the paper towel inward to form a tight package of pigs ears. While still very hot transfer the package to the garbage can. This is the best treatment I know for pigs ears. (by David Bartolotta)

In the early days of the World Wide Web, "awards" were commonly given to good websites. Of course, the real purpose was to get the awardee to put a link on their page to the awarder. This practice has faded into the deep shadows of early web history! Here are some awards given to MykoWeb in the early days:

Coolest Science Site January, 1997 Hot Site 27 January 1997
WebPick1 October 1997
(for Bay Area Fungi)
Best of the WebDecember, 1997
BioMed Link three star 'INDISPENSABLE' siteJuly, 1998
(for Bay Area Fungi)
Neartcia editor's choiceSeptember, 1998
Links 2 Go Key ResourceNovember, 1998 Recommended SiteJanuary, 2000
Food Site of the DayMarch 25, 2002 Britannica Internet Guide AwardFebruary, 2000
Learning Kingdom's Cool Site of the Day
August 17, 1998

S. F. Chronicle PageMaster review (March 19, 1998)

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This graph shows the number of distinct users of MykoWeb per month from 2003 to 2005. Multiple uses of MykoWeb by the same user during the same month will only show up as one "hit". MykoWeb has averaged over 45,000 unique visitors per month at that time. MykoWeb is now averaging close to 90,000 hits per month.

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