Observation 59883: Sporormiella australis (Speg.) S.I. Ahmed & Cain
When: 2010-11-28
Herbarium specimen reported

Notes: This was on some deer dung that I collected while at Eagle Hill, Stueben, ME in August. I rehydrated it on 11/13 and worked this one up on 11/27.
The perithecia were partially submerged in the substrate, smooth and small – about 0.5mm.
Among other things, I saw Trichobolus zukalii, Graphium putredinis, Lasiobolus ciliatus, and Sordaria brevicollis.

[admin – Tue Feb 08 12:34:46 +0000 2011]: Changed location name from ‘deer dung collected and dried in Stueben, Maine. United States’ to ‘Stueben, Maine, USA

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Ascospores in the endoascus showing the germ slit.
A ruptured ectoascus.
The stipes of two asci, an immature one on the left
ascospores and their gelatinous sheaths.

Proposed Names

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Used references: Ann Bell An Illustrated Guide to the Coprophilous Ascomycetes of Australia 2005.
Based on microscopic features: ASCOSPORES: 44 × 8 micrometers, 4-celled, black, cylindrical some with a slight curve, with the ends tapered, entire spore surrounded by a gelatinous sheath. Spores break up into cells, each cell has a transverse and slightly kinked germ slit. Spore cells about equal at 9.5 to 11 micrometers with the two end cells being slightly longer than the two central cells on average.
ASCI: 139 × 22.5 micrometers, cylindrical, eight spored, biseriate, bitunicate asci with a short button-like stipe.

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beautifully detailed ascospores
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2011-01-02 19:59:56 PST (-0800)

thanks for sharing.

Good to know
By: Robert Sasata (Sasata)
2010-11-28 19:39:46 PST (-0800)

… that I’m not the only one who collects dung! Nice photos.

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