Observation 68880: Agaricus auricolor L. Krieg
When: 2011-06-10
No herbarium specimen

Notes: If this is Agaricus, then it is the most colorful I’ve seen. It was growing from the ground on a ridge-top trail under mixed hardwoods, mostly oaks.

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Thanks Dimi
By: Dan Molter (shroomydan)
2011-06-14 19:14:36 CDT (-0400)

The new collection definitely had that characteristic yellow Agaricus smell.

I’m not sure what’s next, probably PhD. I think the thesis on the species problem turned out well; we will see if it is good enough to land me a spot in a good PhD program. You might be seeing obs from northern Indiana in a year or so.

For now I’m teaching ethics online to nurses in an RN to BSN program. I also might have a gig lined up teaching cops in a similar associates to bachelors program in criminal justice. shroomydan teaching ethics to cops Haha!

I’ve made peace with species names since becoming something of a species anti-realist. Species are classes of organisms defined by conditions for class membership; species names denote particular classes which are differentiated by their definitions. So long as a mushroom has all the properties mentioned in the definition of a species, then the mushroom is a member of that species and the species name properly denotes that mushroom. A single organism can be a member of more than one species on this anti-realist account.

There are no REAL species in nature; that idea was a mistake of essentialism and creationism. On evolutionary theory there are only bifurcating and merging lineages. A famous philosopher once noted that Darwin’s The Origin of Species should have been called The Non-existence of Species, but if he called it that nobody would have read it.

Species names denote more or less arbitrarily defined classes, and provided a mushroom matches the definition of a name, then that name is a good name regardless of other conventions. I still find it annoying that mushroom names are changing all the time, but I do not get upset about it anymore. There really is no fact of the matter about what species name is the correct name for a mushroom, because there really are no species beyond the classes we define and name.

CONGRATULATIONS DAN!!
By: Dimitar Bojantchev (dimitar)
2011-06-10 23:40:14 CDT (-0400)

Dan, congratulations for this important accomplishment. What’s next?

You must have regained your appreciation for fungal nomenclature, as I see you putting names on things.

Sometimes these almond smelling Agaricus are not that obvious unless one really presses the nostrils into the basidiocarp.

Keep us updated on your moves.

D.

Hey Dimi
By: Dan Molter (shroomydan)
2011-06-10 22:21:34 CDT (-0400)

I finally finished the thesis and I’m graduating tomorrow :)

As far smell goes, I did not note a distinct smell, but I’ve got a head cold and can’t smell much of anything right now. I left one growing up there. I’ll go back in a day or two to see what becomes of these guys at maturity.

I can smell it from here…
By: Dimitar Bojantchev (dimitar)
2011-06-10 18:04:13 CDT (-0400)

That almond odor… Which gets us to section, but as far as species, good luck.

D.
Almond Odor?
By: Mushroom Viper
2011-06-10 14:25:07 CDT (-0400)

Was there any?

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