Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Ascocoryne cylichnium, Dalgety bay 15/01/2018

A small ascomycete pulled from a rotten log at the weekend which gave me the runaround at first.

Ascocoryne sarcoides is a frequent sight in any woodland but one disc of it's congener Ascocoryne cylichnium completely threw me. There was only one disc, which led to some keying false starts. Only working back from the fantastic spores was I able to put the other pieces in place. These spores bud off mini-spores, which is a very funky thing to do. You can see from the pics below that the images are full of these tiny spores which I had managed not to see as significant until I already knew they were.

chopped in half for  squishing

Ascus tips blued with iodine

Spores and tons of mini-spores
spores and baby-spores

Spore illustration in Dennis

Fungi of Switzerland

Spore and baby
Another nice find on the same wood was this fantastic Brachysporium masonii

Thursday, 11 January 2018

Culalloe LNR - aquatic hyphomycetes, 31/12/17

A variety from some foam beside one of the channels on the reserve after heavy rains




"clove" - 

Tetracladium maxilliforme

"whiphead" - Dactylella aquatica


bananiform spore

"rocking horse" - Tricladium angulatum

Tetracladium m

"The top" - 

"Hang ten"  - Tetracladium setigerum

in foam bubble before rinsing

"Flapping bird" - 

Tuesday, 19 December 2017

Cullaloe LNR, 17/12/17

Amphinema byssoides
Aphanobasidium pseudotsugae
Botryobasidium subcoronatum
Byssomerulius corium
Coniophora puteana
Hypochnicium geogenium
Leptosporomyces fuscoatra
Peniophora limitata
Peniophorella praetermissa
Resinicium bicolor
Schizopora paradoxa
Scopuloides rimosa
Sistotrema brinkmannii
Stereum gausapatum
Stypella glaira
Trechispora farinacea
Tubulicrinis subulatus

Selected Photos:

Hypochnicium geogenium

Hypochnicium geogenium

Paranectria oropensis - on lepraria

Paranectria oropensis

Scopuloides rimosa

Scopuloides rimosa

thin and frosty - Sistotrema brinkmannii

Stypella glaira

Stypella glaira

Tubulicrinis subulatis

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Corticioid Capers V - Cullaloe Hills, Fife

A cold day with frost and ice after a few days of clear skies.
Attendees: SB, CD, VK, SK, AS

Amphinema byssoides was much in evidence, as is usual for a pine plantation, and another pine/confier specialist was the Phlebiopsis, a tough species with nice ranks of think-walled cystidia. Also abundant, though mostly on deciduous woods, was Cylindrobasidium laeve.

The most interesting species was probably the Hypochnicium, which may or may not have been Gloeohypochnicium, with guttules in the cystidia. It would have been nice if the spores were larger but they just about squeeze in at the lower limit of size specified (8-10u). Later experience may allow us to revisit this one. Bernicchia and Ellis & Ellis are both quite adamant, though, that H.punctulatum has uniform cystidial content.

Hypochnicium sp.

Hypochnicium sp. (with guttules evident?)

Corticioid fungi
Amphinema byssoides
Botryobasidium subcoronatum
Chondrostereum purpureum
Crepidotus mollis
Cylindrobasidium laeveHyphodontia subalutacea
Gloeohypchnicium analagum/Hypochnicium punctulatum
Leptosporomyces fuscostratus
Peniophorella praetermissa
Phlebia radiata
Phlebia rufa
Phlebiopsis gigantea
Schizopora paradoxa
Stereum hirsutum
Stereum sanguinolentum
Subulicystidium longisporum
Tomentella sublilacina

Annulohypoxylon multiforme
Ascocoryne sarcoides
Bisporella sulfurina
Bjerkandera adusta
Cristulariella depraedans
Dacrymyces stillatusDatronia mollis
Eutypa maura
Flammulina velutipes
Hypholoma fasciculare
Melanotus horizontalis
Milesina kriegeriana
Mycena spp,  e.g. tentatively M spiraea and M oortiana
Phragmidium rubi-idaei
Rhodocollybia butyracea
Schizophyllum commune


Cylindrobasidium laeve - the tear dropper

Cylindrobasidium laeve - the "tears"

Plebopsis gigantea

Plebopsis gigantea

Plebopsis gigantea - cystidia

Tomentella sublilacina

Tomentella sublilacina

Amphinema byssoides

Schizophyllum comune