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Tom Bachey
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Hi, Peter! I have been trying to learn more about identification of local fungi here in southwestern Ohio, and one of the steps is to obtain a spore print. My problem is, for me. it is very difficult to differentiate between black, brown and purple spores. I use a blank sheet of plain white paper as background, but do I need to use a magnifying glass, or microscope to really identify the color?

Any advice you could give would be extremely helpful! Thanks!

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I would look at the mushroom books that have pictures. I believe that over time, you will become accustomed to the differences.
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Peter McCoy
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Hi Tom,
I agree with John. Learning to recognize the colors can take some experience/confidence, which is good. You always want to be positive with your identifications. I would suggest joining your local mycological society. Folks there should be able to help lower the learning curve.

Cheers,
Peter
 
Tom Bachey
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Thanks Peter and John. I do belong to the Ohio Mushroom Society and since I am newly retired, I intend to attend several forays this year. That should help - nothing like spending time out there looking around!

Tom Bachey
 
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