Observation 93863: Pseudomerulius curtisii (Berk.) Redhead & Ginns

When: 2012-05-05

Collection location: Kuitpo Forest, South Australia, Australia [Click for map]

Who: Kari (Kari)

No specimen available

Unusual fungus found growing on an old log (eucalypt forest.) Note the unusual gills – hopefully this will inspire an ID.

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I think one theory is
By: Martin Livezey (MLivezey)
2012-05-08 02:50:59 -05 (-0500)

that these species were evolved prior to the break up of the continents – true Pangea mushrooms! Cool isn’t it? Or maybe the spores just blew around the jet stream like others that are distributed world wide – like Coprinus comatus. Actually, MO shows P. curtisii on just Australia and North America.


Has anyone found this in Europe or South America?
Kari – Did you notice that the gills are not only crinkled, but also forked?

By: Kari (Kari)
2012-05-07 21:51:36 -05 (-0500)

Great photos, Martin, and your P. curtisii are definitely identical to mine – right down to the crinkled gills! I love the fact some species are so “trans-continental,” too. This is a fantastic forum, thanks for the kind words :o)

By: Martin Livezey (MLivezey)
2012-05-06 19:42:46 -05 (-0500)

You have got to be in it to win it! Keep posting and you will be fine! (We love Australia) Look at this exchange that took place on my similar post last year:


It is the same species!

Fungi nerds unite…
By: Kari (Kari)
2012-05-04 21:07:16 -05 (-0500)

…and this is definitely the place to do it…fantastic place to serve an apprenticeship! Thanks for your inspiration :o)

nothing but practice
By: Danny Newman (myxomop)
2012-05-04 21:02:40 -05 (-0500)

stick around long enough and you’ll be a fungus nerd in no time.

By: Kari (Kari)
2012-05-04 20:47:47 -05 (-0500)

Thanks for the proposed ID. Oh, for your knowledge!

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