Observation 90863: Penicillium vulpinum (Cooke & Massee) Seifert & Samson

When: 2012-03-24

Collection location: Occidental, Sonoma Co., California, USA [Click for map]

Who: Darvin DeShazer (darv)

No specimen available

Collected by Daniel Winkler, Chris Hobbs and Brian Weissbuch near Occidental, CA and displayed at the March SOMA meeting. It smelled bad, like feces, and might be on an old owl pellet.

Proposed Names

-29% (1)
Recognized by sight: The blue color is believed to be a secondary infection on the ascomycete.
92% (2)
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Used references: From Kathie Hodge “Penicillium vulpinum forms cute stalked asexual fruiting bodies called synnemata. The head of a synnema is white until spore production begins, then it turns blue. It likes to grow on dung and its hobby is to baffle mycologists. ;-)”

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Eye3 = Observer’s choice
Eyes3 = Current consensus


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Penicillium vulpinum?
By: Daniel Winkler (Mushroaming)
2012-03-25 23:30:00 CDT (-0500)

Kathie Hodge saw my photo and suggested it could be Penicillium vulpinum, but suggests microscopy to make sure.
Here a link to specimen she commented on:

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