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Albatrellus ovinus
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Fungi
Division: Basidiomycota
Class: Agaricomycetes
Order: Russulales
Family: Albatrellaceae
Genus: Albatrellus
A. ovinus
Binomial name
Albatrellus ovinus
(Schaeff.) Kotl. & Pouzar
  • Scutiger ovinus (Schaeff.) Murrill
  • Polyporus ovinus (Schaeff.) Fr.
Albatrellus ovinus
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pores on hymenium
cap is convex or flat
hymenium is decurrent
stipe is bare
ecology is mycorrhizal
edibility: edible

Albatrellus ovinus (commonly known as Sheep Polypore) is a terrestrial polypore fungus found in western North America, and Northern Europe. It is very closely related to the rarer A. subrubescens, [1] from which it may be distinguished microscopically by the amyloid spore wall. It is edible and sold commercially in Finland. [2] [3]


The cap is 4–20 cm wide, convex then flat or depressed, and white then tan or pinkish. The surface is dry and smooth but cracks with age. [4] The whitish stalk is 3–10 cm tall and 1–4 cm wide, perhaps branching, with an equal or larger base. [4]

The species may be edible if cooked, but is not recommended by some guides. [4]

Similar species

A fuller discussion of the small color differences from the inedible Albatrellus subrubescens can be found at that extensive article. Microscopically, the spores of A. subrubescens are amyloid, while the ones of A. ovinus are not. [5] [6]

Also similar are Albatrellus flettii, Jahnoporus hirtus, Scutiger pes-caprae, and Scutiger ellisii. [4]


  1. ^ Hibbett DS, Pine EM, Langer E, Langer G, Donoghue MJ (1997). "Evolution of gilled mushrooms and puffballs inferred from ribosomal DNA sequences". Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 94 (22): 12002–6. Bibcode: 1997PNAS...9412002H. doi: 10.1073/pnas.94.22.12002. PMC  23683. PMID  9342352.
  2. ^ Phillips, Roger (2010). Mushrooms and Other Fungi of North America. Buffalo, NY: Firefly Books. p. 295. ISBN  978-1-55407-651-2.
  3. ^ Pelkonen, Riina; Alfthan, Georg; Järvinen, Olli (2008). Element Concentrations in Wild Edible Mushrooms in Finland. Helsinki: Finnish Environment Institute. p. 32. ISBN  978-952-11-3153-0. Archived from the original on 2011-09-28. Retrieved 2009-02-20.
  4. ^ a b c d Davis, R. Michael; Sommer, Robert; Menge, John A. (2012). Field Guide to Mushrooms of Western North America. Berkeley: University of California Press. pp. 339–340. ISBN  978-0-520-95360-4. OCLC  797915861.
  5. ^ W. Julich, 1984: Die Nichtblatterpilze, Gallertpilze und Bauchpilze. Kleine Kryptogamenflora Band II Teil b/1
  6. ^ J. Breitenbach, F. Kranzlin, 1986: Pilze der Schweiz, Band 2. Nichtblatterpilze.

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