The edible Xerocomus ferrugineus
is similar-looking, but differs in that the flesh does not bruise blue when cut. A number of other similar-looking species are edible (or probably edible), but do not match all the key characteristics. For example, Xerocomellus mendocinensis
, Xerocomellus dryophilus
, and Xerocomellus truncatus
differ in that the stem lacks the longitudinal ridges that form a partial reticulum at the apex.