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Observation 13030: Homo sapiens

When: 2008-01-11

Collection location: Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz Co., California, USA [Click for map]

Who: Alan Rockefeller (Alan Rockefeller)

No specimen available


Proposed Names

79% (8)
Recognized by sight: Spoke English, seemed interested in mushrooms
Based on microscopic features: Very healthy
Based on chemical features: Blue staining hair
-5% (2)
Recognized by sight: I saw the same fruiting body in Pennsylvania back in August.
Used references: Arora pg. 546. Keys right out, but I’m not sure I’ve actually seen this individual consume Boletus species.
56% (2)
Recognized by sight

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not a button down professor…
By: Tom Volk (TomVolk)
2008-10-30 19:26:29 CDT (-0500)

this is pretty funny.

Looks really different in the wild
By: Jason Hollinger (jason)
2008-10-25 11:57:37 CDT (-0500)

Just goes to show, be careful of getting incorrect impressions from reading too many books and spending too little time stomping about the woods. I’d pictured this particular species as some tie-and-button-down professor type. (Not sure where I got that impression from, though…)

By: Paul Derbyshire (Twizzler)
2008-10-25 10:35:38 CDT (-0500)

With the color and (especially) the odor differences, I thought they were!

There are also the different reactions to KOH, iodine, and tax dollars…

yes I am sure
By: Alan Rockefeller (Alan Rockefeller)
2008-10-25 01:31:45 CDT (-0500)

Yes, I am sure that they are all the same species. Next you are going to try and tell me that democrats and republicans are different species.

By: Paul Derbyshire (Twizzler)
2008-10-24 19:29:33 CDT (-0500)

Are you sure? I’ve seen some with bright red caps. Are you saying these’re the same species as the dirt-common dull brown variety?

staining is highly variable
By: Alan Rockefeller (Alan Rockefeller)
2008-10-24 19:07:17 CDT (-0500)

The staining reaction on the cap is highly variable. While some mycologists would probably argue that makes it a different subspecies, I think the correct interpretation is that the cap coloration is highly variable, perhaps depending on the time of year, environmental conditions, or other factors. My hypothesis is that future DNA analysis will reveal that this is one consistent species, regardless of cap coloration.

Stipe decoration
By: Nathaniel Segraves (nlsegraves)
2008-10-24 13:37:55 CDT (-0500)

Two more characteristic features include typically four stipes with one having a distinctive ornamentation resembling the mycelia of Morchella sp. Very interesting indeed!

By: Noah Siegel (Noah)
2008-10-23 20:43:15 CDT (-0500)

I’ve seen this one a couple of times this year, not sure if this one is a Homo sapiens… maybe a alien?
Speaks a lot of Latin and Greek as well.
I’ve also seen different staining reaction on the cap, maybe a different variety?

By: Paul Derbyshire (Twizzler)
2008-10-23 19:40:23 CDT (-0500)

At first, I questioned the inclusion of this observation. But then I noticed the guy’s laughter and his funky hair, and decided that it was actually quite likely that he was a fungi.