Contact the Mycological Society of Toronto

In case of mushroom poisoning, it's very important to act quickly. If you suspect that you or someone you know has been poisoned by mushrooms please contact your local poison centre immediately. Our volunteers are not qualified health professionals, and can only offer informal advice in non-urgent situations. The Ontario Poison Centre in Toronto is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at 416-813-5900 and 1-800-268-9017.

For membership inquires, please contact the Membership Director. For administrative inquiries, please contact the President. If you have questions about our forays, please contact the Foray Director, and for questions about our meetings and events, please contact the Program Director.

If you have submissions or questions about the MST's newsletter, Mycelium, please contact the Editor.

For technical support or to report problems with myctor.org, please contact the web team.

To volunteer with the MST, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator.

For all other inquiries, please use the form below to contact the MST's general inquiry address. 

The MST receives many inquiries by email, especially during the spring and fall seasons. All our email is answered by volunteers who donate their time, so please try and find an answer on our Help and Questions page before asking by email.

I found a mushroom, can the MST tell me what it is?

It's very difficult to identify mushrooms only from photographs. Any identification we make from a photo will be tentative, and for reasons of liability the MST can't provide firm identifications. The MST accepts no responsibility for any illness or complication resulting from eating a mushroom based on a tentative identification provided from photographs. If your specimen was found outside Ontario, we won't be able to identify it for you. Species vary greatly between geographic locations and our members are familiar with the species that grow in our area.

If you still want your mushroom identified, please send your photos to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please include as much of the following information as possible:

  • Location (e.g. Guelph)
  • Date the specimen was observed
  • Habitat (e.g. in grass)
  • Species of any nearby trees
  • Spore print colour
  • Distinctive smells
  • Colour changes

Please send photos of the specimen from all angles (showing underneath the cap, the stem etc.) and of the specimen cut in half from top to bottom through the stem. Please make sure the mushroom fills the picture frame - blurry photos taken from eye-level guarantee that we won't be able to help you.

The more information you can provide, the more likely we'll be able to provide a tentative identification of your specimen. 

Contact the MST by postal mail:

Address:
110 Cumberland Street
Suite 255
Toronto
Ontario
M5R 3V5
Canada
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