Observation 215731: Bovistella

When: 2015-07-10

Collection location: Norfolk Co., Ontario, Canada [Click for map]

42.641° -80.5708° 205m

Who: Chris Hay (hayfield)

Specimen available


Sandy soil area of a restored tall grass prairie (private), near oaks
sequencing is in the works, will update observation later

Vascellum, Bovista, Lycoperdon, or Bovistella (pg 332 Nordic Macromycetes Vol 3) (brown book)
Kind of like a large Bovista pusilla (maybe this is even it)

Microscopy notes: (2017-01-26)
Spores globose to subglobose (mostly globose so I measured them that way) with long pedicels and ornamented (warty?); size: 5.1-5.5-5.6um (min-avg-max), ornaments 0.7-1.0-1.3um

Macro notes:
3cm across, mass of mycelial fibers with sandy dirt attached at bottom, endoperidium is gray-brown (dull colourless) and gleba is hazelnut (dark) brown

Species Lists


top and side view, oak leaves and sandy soil
surrounding habitat, spacing of FBs
Spores with spines and long pedicels
100x oil immersion phase contrast, each tick is 0.8um

Proposed Names

-28% (1)
Recognized by sight
Used references: Partial ITS sequence (923bp) blasts to several Lycoperdon spp hits
e.g. Lycoperdon frigidum Lange191 Accession DQ112559 (99% coverage 98% identity)
44% (2)
Recognized by sight: Size, attached to soil by patch of fibers
Used references: How to know the non-gilled fleshy fungi (H. V. Smith & A. H. Smith 1973)
Also: Puffballs and their allies in Michigan A. H. Smith 1951 (available online v)
(page of key, page forward for description after B. pila)
Based on microscopic features: Spores with pedicels; shape and ornamentation fits (see notes)
50% (1)
Recognized by sight

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