||The fact that spores fall out under
gravity can be used to good effect to produce spore prints. This is done by collecting the
fruiting bodies of fungi such as gill fungi, boletes or polypores and placing the cap or
spore producing surface onto a piece of paper. White paper is usually best, although some
fungi may have white spores, in which case, black paper will show them up.
The print at left is from a gill fungus and clearly shows the
arrangement of the gills which carried the spores. Boletes and polypores will show
circular patterns which reflect the tubes which carry the spores in these fungi.