Observation 130340: Ascocoryne turficola (Boud.) Korf

When: 2007-09-01

Collection location: Avalon peninsula, Newfoundland, Canada [Click for map]

Who: Britt Bunyard (Fungi magazine) (bbunyard)

No specimen available

Second sighting ever in North America and published in 2008 issue of FUNGI magazine (vol 1, no.2) www.fungimag.com; first sighting by R. Homola of Maine. This collection was found along the Western Brook Pond trail among Sphagnum capillifolium var. tenellum and sedges (Carex sp.).

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Photo by A. Voitk.
Photo by A. Voitk.
Asci apices, photo by D. Malloch.
Asci and paraphyses, photo by D. Malloch.
Hyphae, photo by D. Malloch.
Habitat where collection was made.

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nice field article on this species …
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2015-03-03 09:33:32 AKST (-0900)

from MO contributor Tatiana Bulyankova:


By: walt sturgeon (Mycowalt)
2015-03-03 09:28:27 AKST (-0900)

just saying I.F. is slow to catch on.

So you don’t buy DNA
By: Britt Bunyard (Fungi magazine) (bbunyard)
2015-03-03 09:01:18 AKST (-0900)

…evidence, discussed below and published by Wang et al. (2006)?

Index Fungorum
By: walt sturgeon (Mycowalt)
2015-03-03 08:43:33 AKST (-0900)

Has not caught up yet.
Current Name:
Sarcoleotia turficola (Boud.) Dennis, Kew Bull. 25(2): 345 (1971)

Ascocoryne turficola (Boud.) Korf, Phytologia 21(4): 202 (1971)
Coryne turficola Boud., Bull. Soc. mycol. Fr. 20(2): 71 (1904)
Ombrophila turficola (Boud.) Svrček, Česká Mykol. 11(1): 40 (1957)

Why the name change?
By: Britt Bunyard (Fungi magazine) (bbunyard)
2015-03-03 08:14:14 AKST (-0900)

Coryne, Sarcoleotia or Ascocoryne?

The genus Coryne is now applied only to nonsexually reproducing fungi and is unavailable for Ascomycetes. However, the names Sarcoleotia Imai and Ascocoryne Groves and Wilson are both available for Ascomycetes and have been used to accommodate C. turficola. The only morphological feature that has been used to resolve this problem is the presence or absence of a gelatinous excipular layer within the apothecia (see photo). While most previous authors have described Coryne turficola as having gelatinous apothecial tissues Dennis (1971) reported the British collections to lack these features, and on that basis assigned it to Sarcoleotia as S. turficola Dennis. Morphologically, it also fits within the genus Ascocoryne. Studying the genetic relationships of the Helotiales, Wang and coworkers (2006) discovered that the genus Sarcoleotia sensu Schumacher and Sivertsen (1987) was made up of two separate genetic groups. One group (the Geoglossum clade) includes S. globosa, the type species of Sarcoleotia, which shares genetic, morphological and ecological similarity with the so-called earth tongue fungi, Geoglossum and Trichoglossum. A second group (the Ascocoryne clade) contains species having genetic similarity with the small genus Ascocoryne and includes C. turficola. Thus the genetic evidence
supports inclusion of C. turficola in Ascocoryne and not Sarcoleotia.

thank god …
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2015-03-03 07:11:11 AKST (-0900)
I never bothered to know the old name! :)

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