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Split gill (Schizophyllum commune)

Split gill (Schizophyllum commune) is a widespread bracket fungus with white to gray fruiting bodies commonly found on rotting wood. When viewed from above, this organism could be mistaken for a polypore, such as turkey tail (Trametes versicolor), but an inspection of its undersurface reveals gills which are split lengthwise and give rise to the common name.

Split gill (Schizophyllum commune).  Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve, Antioch, Contra Costa County, California, USA. Stock Photo ID=FUN0219
Split gill (Schizophyllum commune), low-angle perspective emphasizing the unique gill structure for which this fungus is named. Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve, Antioch, Contra Costa County, California, USA.
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Split gill (Schizophyllum commune).  Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve, Antioch, Contra Costa County, California, USA. Stock Photo ID=FUN0218
Split gill (Schizophyllum commune), overhead view. Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve, Antioch, Contra Costa County, California, USA.
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