Scarletina Bolete

A tasty mushroom but great care should be taken identifying this fungi.
For a long time this familiar species was known to most as “Boletus erythropus” and that was the name found in most field guides. Modern DNA studies split Boletus into smaller genus allocating this one in Neoboletus. More recently it came to light that the name “erythropus” had been previously used for a different species of Bolete which makes the name scientifically invalid. Recent books list it as “Neoboletus luridiformis” but “luridiformis” isn’t a valid name under scientific rules either, and apparently “Boletus praestigiator” was the first valid description of this species. Newer books published after 2017 should be naming it as “Neoboletus praestigiator”.

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