Observation 10239: Sebacina sparassoidea (Lloyd) P. Roberts

When: 2008-08-12

Collection location: Kinns Rd. Park, Clifton Park, New York, USA [Click for map]

Who: Douglas Smith (douglas)

No specimen available

Found under hardwoods, in a large ring around a few trees. Some of the groupings were larger than a foot in diameter, with about a dozen groups in the ring.

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-29% (1)
Recognized by sight: Jelly like, off-white branched in large groups.
5% (3)
Recognized by sight: If you section the lobes of this fungus you will find they are hollow. Very common on the ground in the east in certain locations.
51% (6)
Eye3 Eyes3
Recognized by sight: This is not a Tremella species (parasitic on other fungi, almost always on wood), but a Sebacina species (mycorrhizal and growing on the ground or in litter). Microscopically, they look quite different. The collection does indeed appear to be Tremella reticulata, but the name I proposed for it a couple of years ago is Sebacina sparassoidea (Lloyd) P. Roberts(there is already a quite different Sebacina reticulata, so unfortunately that’s not available).
-6% (3)
Recognized by sight

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Not illegitimate
By: Patrick R. Leacock (MycoGuide)
2014-08-04 15:48:55 CDT (-0500)

According to Roberts, there was already a “Sebacina reticulata” so he could not make the new combination to move Tremella reticulata to Sebacina. Index Fungorum, and apparently MycoBank, do not know this and have not accepted the new name. They argue it should be Sebacina reticulata (based on their incomplete database, not the P. Roberts paper).

Illegitimate name
By: Tom Volk (TomVolk)
2009-09-18 19:51:25 CDT (-0500)

Peter, maybe you’re reading this. According to indexfungorum


they say this name Sebacina sparassoidea is illegitimate. Are they correct? I don’t quite understand their reasoning. (I agree that it should be in the genus Sebacina because of its ecological habitat.) Thanks.

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