Observation 132216: Scutellinia scutellata group

When: 2013-04-06

Collection location: Boulder Creek, California, USA [Click for map]

Who: Douglas Smith (douglas)

Specimen available

Found on rotting woody debris in wet area.

Got this under the scope, hairs of dark pigmented, thick walled, pointed, septate. Asci 8-spored, no reactions to Meltzer’s. Paraphases long, mostly hyaline, inflated round ends, w/ dark inclusions. Spores ellipsoid, smooth-ish mostly, lots of small inclusions when mature. When fully mature, surface very lightly roughened. Apr. spore size 15 × 12 um.

keys reasonably to Scutellinia scutellata. Although most sources it seems add that this is probably a species complex, or some sort of cop-out.

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Used references: Beñat’s comments at Observation 26456: S. scutellata is a name commonly adopted since several years all around the world and given on a lot of photos on forum, on a lot of herbarium exsiccata without scopic studies. In fact, I have seen typus and a lot of collections, I have seen DNA results and I continue to send specimens for DNA study. And globally, the results are : the most common species on wood in the world is S. crinita (even in North America, I have study a lot of collections from US) and S. scutellata is a great complex but, often, rare species. So, give the name scutellata is an error at 99%. In fact, today, I don’t know the borders of this species and I’m unable to put this name on a collection. I call it simply “S. scutellata complex”. (emphasis added)

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