Observation 61060: Parasola auricoma (Pat.) Redhead, Vilgalys & Hopple

When: 2010-12-20

Collection location: Mission Bay, Auckland, New Zealand [Click for map]

Who: Michael W (Michael Wallace)

No specimen available


[admin – Tue Feb 08 12:34:57 +0000 2011]: Changed location name from ‘Mission Bay, Auckland, New Zealand.’ to ‘Mission Bay, Auckland, New Zealand’

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Yes, it is handsome
By: Irene Andersson (irenea)
2010-12-20 13:34:43 CST (-0500)

and with a colour and characters that makes it rather easy to identify, perhaps because it’s actually not a Parasola, Coprinellus or Coprinopsis..?

handsome little mushroom…
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2010-12-20 12:54:08 CST (-0500)

whatever its eventual placement in our genetic trees.

Take a look
By: Irene Andersson (irenea)
2010-12-20 12:52:30 CST (-0500)

at this “Parasola” tree, with outgroups.

It tells me that P. auricoma is rather close to the rest of Parasola species, and so is Psathyrella/Parasola conopilus, but both could just as well be separate genera. A few more species need to be added to that tree to get a better picture (but it will still be a matter of opinion).

By: Michael W (Michael Wallace)
2010-12-20 04:41:51 CST (-0500)

…that’s right, it belongs in the Psathyrellaceae family along with Coprinellus, Coprinopsis, Psathyrella, Lacrymaria and Mythicomyces.

I’m sure the future will bring many more changes to the placement of many of the species in these groups but at the moment I think this is the best name for this collection.

P. auricoma
By: Irene Andersson (irenea)
2010-12-20 04:04:28 CST (-0500)

The placement of P. auricoma in the genus Parasola IS controversial, it also shares some characters with Psathyrella..

By: Michael W (Michael Wallace)
2010-12-20 02:59:31 CST (-0500)

I can assure you it is that species, the microscopic and macroscopic characters are a match.

I have added two more images showing some more mature specimens.

too robust?
By: Tatiana Bulyonkova (ressaure)
2010-12-20 02:28:52 CST (-0500)

… for a Parasola. They look like a small species of Coprinellus with washed-off veil fragments – a very similar species is common here in summer. Hard to say without seeing mature specimens, mature Parasola are quite unmistakable (collarium, ribbed cap, etc.). Very beautiful photograph, by the way!

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