British distribution: Frequent in suitable habitats.
G. paludosa is one of several species that grow in Sphagnum. It typically occurs amongst rushes, etc. in marginal situations or in boggy ditches, rather than on the open surfaces of ombrotrophic bogs, where species such as G. sphagnorum may occur. It can usually be recognised macroscopically by the well-developed, persistent white veil which usually leaves a ring or ring-like zone on the stem.
Photographed at Cassells Moss, Dumfriesshire, 1980.
The genus is often confused with Conocybe, both genera having rust-brown spores and the same delicate habit. Both genera were formerly placed together in the genus Galera. However, Galerina is easily distinguished microscopically by its filamentous cap cuticle (cellular in Conocybe). The spore surface in Galerina is minutely roughened or ornamented, but this not always visible with a standard microscope.