Observation 113072: Conocybe Fayod

When: 2012-10-06

Collection location: Aldeburgh, Suffolk, England [Click for map]

Who: Martin Cooper (martincito)

No specimen available

Group of small yellowish/tan mushrooms growing in grass by side of road near the beach.
Brown caps 3.5 cm across, 0.5 cm high at darker centre, radial fibres, umbo, margin curved upwards. Smaller ones were bell shaped.
Widely spaced free/emarginate brown gills in 3 tiers. Visible beneath cap in side view. About 35 reach the stem.
Hollow stem 8 cm long, 2 mm diameter, light brown but darker with whitish powdery striations at top.
Rusty brown spore print.
Oval, light-brown, smooth spores, 11-14.5 × 6-7.5 microns.


Proposed Names

27% (1)
Used references: Roger Phillps, Mushrooms (2006), Michael Jordan, Encyclopedia of Fungi (2004)
Based on microscopic features: Spores
54% (1)
Recognized by sight
Used references
Based on microscopic features

Please login to propose your own names and vote on existing names.

= Observer’s choice
= Current consensus


Add Comment
By: Martin Cooper (martincito)
2012-10-12 23:22:48 ACDT (+1030)

I’ve dropped back to genus in the home that maybe someone might agree, and especially propose an alternative or a more specific ID…

By: Martin Cooper (martincito)
2012-10-11 04:46:07 ACDT (+1030)

… for the comment about the spores. As for the other micro observations, the specimen was all dried up by the time I got round to trying to ID it (even if I had the technical skill to find the relevant details)…

By: Byrain
2012-10-11 04:08:41 ACDT (+1030)

Nice picture of the spores, you might be able to get closer to an id with some more micro info. A look at the caulocystidia on the upper stem surface and a look at the cheilocystidia on the gill edge at least would help. Some other info like the number of spores on the basidia and the size of the capitulum (The little round thing at the apex of the lecythiform Conocybe cheilocystidia) might help as well.