False Fox photos and description of the mushroom, how to distinguish from the present, how it looks like

False Fox (Hygrophoropsis aurantiaca) a common and amazingly colorful mushroom, found in small and large groups in coniferous forests and on wastelands.

Although this mushroom belongs to autumn species, it is often found at the end of summer (COC and True Fox), but it matures in early August and even at the end of July. Many people collect mushrooms, thinking that luck befell them, they found a clearing with a fox. But they were mistaken. Fox (Chanthallus Cibarius):

  • gives fruits in the same period (including the end of summer);
  • grows in the same habitat (as well as in deciduous forests);
  • demonstrates the same size and appearance with a false fox.
  • Appearance of a false fox

    And, as always, the devil lies in details. In size, real and false chanterelles are close, but other differences are obvious if you have these mushrooms nearby. If you are not familiar with the foxes and their doubles false chanterelles, pay attention to:


    It is small, curve and more or less of the same color in a false fox that a hat and gills. But more often the stem is slightly darker, because the hat quickly fades in bright sunlight.


    The false chanterelle is deeply orange-yellow compared to a lighter shade of egg yolk in a true fox.


    The false fox has a beautiful “fluffy” surface texture (especially in youth) hats. A real fox more characteristic “improper” wavy and lobed shape throughout the region.


    In both species they go down the trunk, but the true fox “false” gills, thicker and fleshy.


    A false chanterelle emits a “mushroom” smell, an ordinary fox with a very characteristic fruit, like an apricot aroma.

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    The conditionally edible chanterelle is white, in the fox yellow/guard.

    The false fox, as you know, is used for food, like the real one, but the double is not so excellent to taste. Some reference books include false chanterelles to harmless species, but even though the mushroom is not fatal, some people report discomfort in the gastrointestinal tract and anxious hallucinations. Therefore, mycologists recommend that mushroom pickers do not eat mushroom for food.

    What mushrooms look like a false fox

    Omphalot olive (Omphalotus olearius)

    The mushroom is common in late summer and autumn in the southern regions of the country. It is characterized by a bright orange-tone color and mass appearance in Halloween. The mushroom corresponds to the topic of the holiday and demonstrates the glow known as bioluminescence the production of light with a living organism in this case, mushroom.

    The poisonous analogue of a conventionally poisonous false chanterelle grows in large clusters around:

  • the foundations of dead deciduous trees;
  • buried roots;
  • stumps.
  • The yellow-orange or orange hat is first convex, then it becomes flat, in overripe specimens, a funnel-shaped with a downward edge. Under the hat are narrow, straight (running on the leg) gills of the same color with a pale orange thick stem.

    Offaloles are attractive in appearance and have a pleasant smell, but poisonous! They are sometimes mistakenly eaten by people who consider these mushrooms to foxes, who:

  • have the same color;
  • meet at about the same time of the year;
  • They are consumed.
  • However, chanterelles:

  • less in height;
  • have not very welldeveloped gills (more like veins);
  • grow on soil, not on wood.
  • Symptoms of poisoning: many hours of abdominal pain and vomiting, then a person begins to feel better.

    Yellow hedgehog (Hydnum Repandum) and Hydnum umbilicatum hedgehog)

    Close relatives of the fox, and their aromas are strikingly similar. Yellow Ezhoviks are found in abundance from midsummer to late autumn. Unlike false and true chanterelles, these mushrooms do not eat insects. Yellow Ezhovik grows around deciduous rocks, such as birch or beech (and others).

    The ugly ezhovik is found under coniferous trees and in more humid areas during the same period of time, but mainly in September and October. Distinguishes from a false fox the bottom of the hat covered with teeth. In false chanterelles under the gills hat.

    Both types of doubles of false chanterelles are prepared in a similar way. They are:

  • fried in a pan;
  • fried in fruit;
  • dried.
  • The texture of the pulp is crispy. Taste and smell are somewhat similar to chanterelles.


    The main difference between the false and real fox in:

  • color, in a true fox it resembles a yolk;
  • gly, in a conditionally edible mushroom they are “real”;
  • the habitat, a false chanterelle is found in areas with pine trees, on acidic pastures/wastelands;
  • crop season, a false chanterelle has been growing from July up to the first frost.
  • The true fox and its close appearance the fox is a fox from a scientific point of view are not even in the same family of mushrooms. The false fox is orange with strong straight gills that are lowered to the stem, creating a tubular view.

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