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Chanterelle look alikes. Toxic jack o' lantern mushroom identification. The jack o' lantern mushroom, Omphalotus olearius or Omphalotus illudens, may be confused with edible chanterelle mushrooms, but the color of the flesh and gills are a dead giveaway that the two fungi are completely different. Jack o' lanterns are saprobic meaning they grow from wood, whereas chanterelles are not saprobes. But, as you can see in this video the jack o' lanterns appear to be growing from the ground not wood. I find many jack o' lantern mushrooms growing in open lawns and I find chanterelles that appear to be growing from wood. These habitat and growth characteristics are listed in most field guides and mushroom identification books, but, they are not nearly as reliable as paying close attention to the gills and color of the flesh, i.e. the physical features of the fungi in question. Paying close attention to physical features of mushrooms is critically important in order to get a positive identification. As long as one pays close attention to the physical characteristics of fungi, most of the common and abundant gourmet edible fungi can be easily and safely identified for the table.Jack O' Lantern mushrooms have been reported to glow in the dark, a bioluminescent fungi. To see mushroom, plant, garden and outdoor photos, field guides I use, plant and mushroom identification books, and other interesting stuff visit me on Facebook www.facebook.com/michigan.wildernessThanks for watching, commenting, subscribing to, and supporting this channel. If you like this video please give a thumbs up and share it with others. If you have any questions or tips please leave a comment.