Observation 95438: Piloderma

When: 2012-05-21

Collection location: St. Augustine, Florida, USA [Click for map]


Who: Forest Chick (sharky)

Specimen available

Was found growing in mulch one year ago by a wooden walkway that was touching the ground. The wood on the walkway has since then literarly disintegrated. The boards that did not completely fall apart has this fungus under them (on the wood). I am not sure if this fungus caused the wood rot…

When found under the wood it was growing in long string like strands not in patches as this image shows. Seems to send out “tentacles”. Fungus not found ‘in’ the wood but rather the underside of it, against moist ground.


Notice remainder of rotted walkway
More pictures. I have saved a specimen too.
More pictures. I have saved a specimen too.

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At closer look
By: Gerhard Koller (Gerhard)
2012-06-03 08:35:11 PDT (-0700)

I do not believe in serpuloid clade anymore.
There are so many corticioid poroids out there, Byssoporia or Trechispora being others (at least in Europe they are pure white though).
Without even knowing where to start (microscope!) it is nearly desperate hunting for an ID. Next time you should keep it and if you are doing no scope send it to someone who does and is interested.
On the other hand this is so striking I cannot believe that no one knows it.

Round pores, no curvy ridges
By: Forest Chick (sharky)
2012-06-03 06:37:03 PDT (-0700)

From all the Leucogyrophana that I have looked at, the indentations look more like the folding (ridges) like on ha human brain (curvy). Is it possible that this one is just drying out and the pores (round not curvy) are just dehydration points?

By: Gerhard Koller (Gerhard)
2012-05-30 12:50:09 PDT (-0700)

This is something completely different. It has got something like pores. None of the genera I suggested have this feature.
Try something like Leucogyrophana.

Added 2 more pics
By: Forest Chick (sharky)
2012-05-30 12:36:35 PDT (-0700)

I added two more pictures. I still think it is a Piloderma and not a Rhizochaete.

Could easily be.
By: Gerhard Koller (Gerhard)
2012-05-25 11:18:20 PDT (-0700)

Rhizochaete/Phanerochaete – the next option :=)

Gainesville Picture Simular
By: Forest Chick (sharky)
2012-05-25 11:09:26 PDT (-0700)

The picture of the Gainesville Piloderma looks very much like mine. But I don’t think there was a species consensus on that one. If it is truly a Piloderma, then mine is most likely too.


Don’t think this to be Piloderma.
By: Gerhard Koller (Gerhard)
2012-05-25 08:46:08 PDT (-0700)

Strands are too sulphur and thick, reminds of Phlebiella/Trechispora vaga, now sulphurea. Could also be Amylocorticium sp. And many many other possibilities.

Not slimy or bloby
By: Forest Chick (sharky)
2012-05-24 18:05:21 PDT (-0700)

The fungus is dry and never slimy. Does not grow as a blob either. Sends out strands instead.

Created: 2012-05-24 17:43:50 PDT (-0700)
Last modified: 2012-05-30 12:33:48 PDT (-0700)
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