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I figured it may have been too far gone to be much use, but I didn’t realize that the season was just beginning. I’ll keep my eyes out for fresher specimens. I really appreciate your always informative comments!
I think it would be better to wait for another one.
The clues to telling which species of Caesareae you have are very limited. Among the “Slender Caesars” (like yours), the spores are almost the only part of the microscopic anatomy that varies very much. These tend to become significantly smaller than normal as the gills age.
The rest of the deal is dependent on the colors and any bruising reactions of the cap, stem, annulus, gills, and the felted remnants of the inner limb of the volva that get left on the stem.
The insects and gastropods have really been enjoying this specimen; and some of the clues I could use seem to be gone.
I think you’ll find a fresher one; and I would be glad to have the dried sample and to send material on to Santiago Sanchez for DNA sequencing.
Thank you for thinking of me. I’m sure you’ll get some more of these as the season progresses. I appreciated your offer of support.
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