Observation 170572: Gyromitra brunnea Underw.
When: 2012-03-29
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By: I. G. Safonov (IGSafonov)
2016-05-08 09:13:50 PDT (-0700)

Advances in fungal taxonomy lead to the corresponding changes in the nomenclature. Thank to molecular techniques, this has been happening at the increased rate, making it difficult and frustrating to keep up with all the reshuffling at the generic level. The trouble is that names that have changed recently will probably change again as the cutting edge of science inexorably moves forward.
The Gyromitra paper was published less than three years ago, but ironically it may already have conceptually been obsolete at the time of publication (their phylogenetic analysis was based on just one gene, nrLSU). The authors themselves hint at that in stating that their study should benefit from large species sampling from Discina and Gyromitra and from including more genes for analysis. As it often happens, a new study never is never meant to be comprehensive; it merely lays down the foundation for future research. Think of this progress as looking at the universe with a series of progressively more powerful telescopes… :-)
Whether Discina becomes absorbed into Gyromitra or preserves its independent status is something that remains to be seen. At least some species will switch camps — maybe the trade will go both ways.

By: weed lady (Sylvia )
2016-05-08 05:17:24 PDT (-0700)

Thanks for sending the link. I did scan it, but mostly over the top for someone without much scientific orientation – me.

IG, have a question please.
By: weed lady (Sylvia )
2016-05-08 05:12:28 PDT (-0700)

From what I can tell I first entered this observation as Gyromitra. After that, the genus was changed. I do not think it was by me though. Just not sure. Now, is it back to Gyromitra? I still have this species in my own data base as Gyromitra. This has nothing to do with this subject, but when I was a birder I can recall that Baltimore oriole was changed to Northern oriole then changed back to Baltimore. Suppose these changes keep our brains from rusting! Thanks for your help.

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