Observation 27048: Thaxterogaster pinquis (Zeller) Singer & A.H. Sm. [as ‘pingue’]
When: 2009-10-18
No herbarium specimen

Notes: Some fungi sequester their spores instead of releasing them into the wind. Thaxterogaster is one such species. This Cortinarius-related fungus can become rank in old age, and while banana slugs find it irresistable, I have no problem resisting it. Not recommended, and possibly poisonous.

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Cortinarius pinque?
By: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)
2009-10-23 06:23:50 EDT (-0400)

Has Thaxterogaster p. been deprecated? Again?

Slug feces
By: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)
2009-10-23 06:21:57 EDT (-0400)

not generally collected among mycologists. However, if such a collection exists, it probably is located at the Oregon State University Herbarium in Corvallis, Oregon. You might contact Dr. Matt J. Trappe to see if such a preserved collection exists. Failing that, Thaxterogaster pinquis is often collected at Larch Mountain (near the top) most of the fruiting period, and near the peak of Mary’s Peak in the Coastal Range, near Corvallis in Benton County, Oregon.

The only animal life I’ve ever encountered on Thaxterogaster pinquis was Banana slug, but other slug species may also partake.

Nice find,
By: Michael W (Michael Wallace)
2009-10-23 02:44:35 EDT (-0400)

I have a great interest in secotioid fungi and especially in the study of spore dispersal, it would be interesting to study the dung of those slugs with a microscope!

By: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)
2009-10-23 01:17:30 EDT (-0400)
nice! love the thick peridium.
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2009-10-22 22:14:44 EDT (-0400)

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