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Copes & how to identify look-alikes
    #4129106 - 05/03/05 08:36 PM (11 years, 10 months ago)

I've looked through most of the Copelandia cyanescen looklikes and they look ~pretty~ easy to figure out.

But Panaeolus antillarum look very similar. Is there anything that will help me tell the difference. I'm assuming they won't bruise blue? Is there anything else?

From what I've seen, the mushrooms that look the most similar, and leave the same black spore print - none are poisonous. All they could hurt is my dosage estimate.

Are there any poisonous ones I should look out for?

On monday we picked a lot of mushrooms in a horse field here in the virgin islands, that's why I'm asking. Just making sure. We've experienced the same looking mushrooms from another field (cow) and enjoyed them. But it's better safe then sorry, and a refresher won't hurt. Expect a thread with pictures within a few days.

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Re: Copes & how to identify look-alikes [Re: samueljackson]
    #4129695 - 05/03/05 10:41 PM (11 years, 10 months ago)

The easiest way to tell them apart is to check for bluing. Only the copes bruise blue. Also, copes usually have whiter and thicker stems than the various non-active pans. Anyways, just handle the shrooms as delicately as possible in order to not cause immense bruising. You should easily notice the bluing on the copes. Pan ants will not bruise vibrant blue.


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Re: Copes & how to identify look-alikes [Re: NariusFractal]
    #4130113 - 05/03/05 11:50 PM (11 years, 10 months ago)

sheister's got it. Easy. Check for bluing. They don't blue, they're not Copes.

Look a likes include various species of Pans. Some Pans will have what look like "teeth" on the edges of the cap. Those aren't Copes.

Pan ants usually get massive and are a lot brighter white. They also usually have some weird dark speckling or dusting of spores right below the gills on the stem. I could be wrong, but I also believe that Pan ants have solid stems (syn. w/ P. solidipes) where Copes do not.


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Re: Copes & how to identify look-alikes [Re: Gumby]
    #4133723 - 05/04/05 06:46 PM (11 years, 10 months ago)

ok great thanks.

I just got back from another day of picking, and I'll make a new thread later tonight w/ pictures.

Yeah I know exactly what you're describing as teeth Gumby. There were also a couple with a cracked egg shell look on them. I don't think they are dangerous but I left them anyway.

I think the pan ants have a more semi circle cap too, and the copes are more bell shaped. At least that's what I observed.


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Re: Copes & how to identify look-alikes [Re: samueljackson]
    #4133860 - 05/04/05 07:15 PM (11 years, 10 months ago)

it's just a matter of getting your hands on the shrooms.

when you pick Copelandia's, they will stain blue

when you pick Panaeolus antillarum and other Panaeolus species, they do not stain blue

but once you get your hands on them you will learn quickly.


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