The bonnet mushrooms, Mycenaceae, were in the past included in the huge family Tricholomataceae, but nowadays most authorities treat them as a separate family.
A small minority of these mushrooms can be identified with high confidence by noting their growing substrate and carefully examining macroscopic characters; however, many more require microscopic examination.
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