Observation 70700: Conocybe Fay.

When: 2011-06-25

Collection location: Periyar Tiger Reserve, Kerala, India [Click for map]

Who: Milo (Mycophiliac)

No specimen available

Growing on elephant dung; was in a rush when observed, so didn’t think to collect specimens. As I was going through my photos I noticed that there was a veil remnant with dark spores on one of the upper right mushrooms, which in conjuncture with the other characteristics could make this a Psilocybe.

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Picture unrelated: tiger paw prints

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Recognized by sight: I think that’s something in the gills (insect, etc.) rather than a spore deposit.

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I’m afraid
By: Milo (Mycophiliac)
2011-07-07 08:54:36 PDT (-0700)

that despite being, in fact, a tiger reserve, the 350 square kilometer prime tiger habitat (within a 900+ square kilometer protected area within which they actually roam) only has a population of about 50 tigers. As a population density that’s actually quite high (50/350, not 50/900), but even with such numbers tiger sightings are extraordinarily rare. Even tribal guides who are reformed poachers make claims of only having seen a tiger two or three times in the last ten years.

On a more mycological note, tigers tend to eat animals with crunchy bones and difficult-to-digest feathers and fur, so I’m not too sure what cellulose-loving fungi in its right mind would grow on their spoor (excuse the pun).

Paw prints are a completely different matter, and are actually quite common to see.

elephant dung is all well and good…
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2011-07-07 08:37:40 PDT (-0700)

but how ’bout those shots of fungi growing outta the tiger dung? or were the tigers WHY you were in a rush? ;)

it was indeed
By: Milo (Mycophiliac)
2011-07-07 04:22:11 PDT (-0700)

a specimen of Psilocybe cubensis on the same ball of dung.

Lonely specimen in the 3rd photo…
By: bengtal (bengtal)
2011-07-05 21:48:35 PDT (-0700)

while its hard to tell from the single top-down angle/photo, that larger cap in the third photo may very well be a single specimen of psilocybe cubensis. as for all of the other little ones, I really haven’t a clue. these are cool !

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