Pluteus cervinus P. Kumm.
(deer shield, fawn pluteus)

Taxonomic hierarchy:
SpeciesPluteus cervinus (deer shield, fawn pluteus)
GenusPluteus (shield toadstools)
FamilyPLUTEACEAE (a family of toadstools)
OrderAGARICALES (mushrooms and toadstools)
ClassAGARICOMYCETES (a class of fungi)
PhylumBASIDIOMYCOTA (spore droppers)
KingdomFUNGI (true fungi)
DomainEukaryota (eukaryotes)
LifeBIOTA (living things)
Records of Pluteus cervinus (Deer Shield, Fawn Pluteus) :
1: Pluteus cervinus (Deer Shield, Fawn Pluteus)
18 Oct 1979 OSGR: SU83 51° 10' N, 0° 50' W Vice County: North Hants (VC 12) England
Large specimens on old straw
Image 1: CollectionImage 2: Fruitbodies - side view  - lain downImage 3: Fruitbodies - side view showing gills - lain downImage 4: Fruitbodies - top view - in situImage 5: Gills and stipe apex - close-upImage 6: Cap cuticle end cell - magnifiedImage 7: Cheilocystidia - highly magnifiedImage 8: Pleurocystidia - magnifiedImage 9: Spores - highly magnifiedImage 10: DescriptionImage 11: Description - contd
2: Pluteus cervinus (Deer Shield, Fawn Pluteus)
15 Oct 1978 OSGR: SU94 51° 10' N, 0° 40' W Vice County: Surrey (VC 17) England
Image 1: Fruitbody - oblique view - in situImage 2: Fruitbody - side view showing gills - in situImage 3: TS gill - dry - showing projecting pleurocystidia + convergent trama - magnifiedImage 4: Drawings - magnified
3: Pluteus cervinus (Deer Shield, Fawn Pluteus)
2 Nov 1975 OSGR: SU93 51° 0' N, 0° 40' W Vice County: West Sussex (VC 13) England
in grass by sawdust heap
Image 1: Fruitbody - side view - in situImage 2: Gills - close-up - lain down
4: Pluteus cervinus (Deer Shield, Fawn Pluteus)
3 Oct 1971 OSGR: TG21 52° 40' N, 1° 20' E Vice County: East Norfolk (VC 27) England
apparently on straw bale
Image 1: In situ - on straw bale! (or buried wood?)

Identification Works

BioInfo ( has 6 general literature references relevant to Pluteus cervinus (Deer Shield, Fawn Pluteus)

Pluteus cervinus (Deer Shield, Fawn Pluteus) may also be covered by identification literature listed under the following higher taxa:

BioInfoBioInfo ( has 2 host/parasite/foodplant and/or other relationships for Pluteus cervinus (Deer Shield, Fawn Pluteus)
A brown-capped toadstool that grows on fallen wood and sawdust, especially of frondose origin. This very common and widespread species, the commonest of the genus, can be found at any time of year if conditions are damp and frost-free.
One of the small group of species with hooked cystidia. Further recognised by the grey cap and concolourous gill edge.

Distinguished from P. pouzarianus by the absence of clamp connections in the cap cuticle.
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