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When: 2008-09-16

Collection location: Eastern Long Island, New York, USA [Click for map]

Who: Douglas Smith (douglas)

No specimen available

Found under mixed hardwoods, at the edge of a pond in a damp area among grasses and herbaceous debris.

Funny flat little guys, perhaps ascos?

Species Lists


Proposed Names

28% (1)
Recognized by sight
45% (2)
Recognized by sight: Might be Spathularia; not sure.
51% (3)
Used references: Miller, Orson and Hope Miller. 2006. North American Mushrooms: A Field Guide to Edible and Inedible Fungi. Falcon Guide, Guilford, CT. 583p.

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Some notes here:
By: Douglas Smith (douglas)
2008-09-23 17:02:09 PDT (-0700)

Looking at things there is

Neolecta irregularis

With a good image here:

Which is part of the discussion here:

And these are fairly fleshy, not really fan like in one
plane, bumpy in all directions. Although still fairly
bright yellow.

There is also:

Spathularia flavida

And there seems to be some confusion from other sources on
how yellow these are.

Along with:

Spathulariopsis velutipes

This one is more well known it seems, from the east, and is
flat, but seems to be less yellow, and has a clear light brown
stipe through the middle.

So, I’m confused still as to what these might be, or what are the
things I saw in the Jemez Mnt. of New Mexico.

I’ve now posted what Vera Evenson told me was N. vitellina, so you
can look at those photo for comparison.

Well, I not sure I would say that…
By: Douglas Smith (douglas)
2008-09-23 16:23:35 PDT (-0700)

Not sure I would say that I am all that familiar, I think I getting to the point, that I am getting more confused. These certainly don’t look like what I saw in New Mexico, and I’ve been poking around, and I’m not sure I can do better. So, I think I’m still at the point where I am not sure I have an opinion on these yet.

Except Doug knows N. irregularis…
By: Nathan Wilson (nathan)
2008-09-23 15:29:15 PDT (-0700)

It doesn’t look quite right to me for N. irregularis and Doug is familiar enough with that species to apply it to other collections. I guess we need some actual descriptions and perhaps input from folks on the east coast.

By: Paul Derbyshire (Twizzler)
2008-09-23 15:02:50 PDT (-0700)

A bit of Google research shows that, disturbingly, this fungus is more closely related to the Pneumocystis pneumonia notorious for killing a lot of AIDS patients than it is to other mushroom-producing fungi, even the similar-looking Spathularia and Geoglossum species.

good call, Darv!
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2008-09-23 14:38:52 PDT (-0700)

this one was bugging me; I didn’t think that it was a spathularia (no column) but not sure what it was. an “irregular” earthtongue is perfect!