Notes: This is part of the type collection of Psilocybe stuntzii, collected by Daniel Stuntz in November of 1973.
There might be rare plerocystidia present, pictured in image # 11.
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Psilocybe washingtonensis is a Deconica.
I find misidentified type collections often. I studied the type of Boletus rylii and found it was Harrya chromapes. That one never got published. The type collection of Gymnopilus palmicola contins some basidiomas with a different spore size and a good samaritan put those in a separate labeled envelope. The type collection of Psilicybe herrerae is a mix of P
subtropicalis and P. banderillensis, both of which are older valid names.
Often type collections are mixed because the collector puts all their finds from a days collecting into one collection, and does not realize that there are more than one species present.
It’s sort of impossible to have a misidentified type collection… Rather all other mushrooms claimed subsequently to belong to that species are incorrectly identified – types are the ‘rock solid’ foundation of a species concept.
It is however, possible to have the same mushroom species represented by type collections with different names (in which case the earlier name takes priority).
It is also possible to have mixed type collections (with more than one species included)… that gets tricky.
It’s also also possible for people to put the wrong mushrooms in the wrong box after the box is labeled. That’s a big, big problem and should be very rare.
Keep in mind that dehydrated mushrooms (understandably) usually look radically different from fresh ones – many structures, colors, etc are destroyed or changed.
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