must have this ID’ed by 11:59:59 Oct 31!!!

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Yes, why the ID rush?
By: Irene Andersson (irenea)
2008-10-31 08:13:12 PDT (-0700)

I wondered too – lets hope Danny didn’t bet too much on a Mycena..

OK, I’ll bite: why the ID rush?
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2008-10-31 07:03:49 PDT (-0700)

I agree with Doug; this is not a mycena. Psath sounds reasonable, and who is gonna argue with you? Can’t do a “real” ID w/out more details, tho…

By: Darvin DeShazer (darv)
2008-10-31 06:15:18 PDT (-0700)

Even if it remains unnamed, it’s a great photo!

Also the photo here is fairly low res.
By: Douglas Smith (douglas)
2008-10-30 23:32:20 PDT (-0700)

Also the photo here is fairly low res, only 600×800 is it? Not that increasing the res. is going to help without a shot of the gills? pores? I see a lot of these low res shots on the site here, and I wonder does that come from the camera? Are you shooting photos at 600×800 or something? (Less than 1 megapixel?)

Not sure any fungus can get id’ed off one shot…
By: Douglas Smith (douglas)
2008-10-30 23:29:22 PDT (-0700)

Well, not sure it is that easy. I haven’t seen a Mycena with that sort of shaggy margin. That might not mean anything…

I have seen many a Psathyrella with a brown cap and a white shaggy margin, that is small and terrestrial, and with a white stipe. Here you say it is a Mycena, not a Psathyrella.

So, to tell the difference it would be good to see what the fertile surface looks like, and maybe get a hint of spore color off that. Even then, getting a Psathyrella id just off one photo of the top of the cap, not sure people can do that.

Maybe someone knows a Mycena that looks like this one?

By: Danny Newman (myxomop)
2008-10-30 23:21:31 PDT (-0700)

no, not sure, going on memory mostly from what myself and the other mycologically inclined folk said we thought it was. i never pinned anyone down and asked. i think it was discussed in passing. i figured this would be a distinct enough specimen to make at least some kind of conclusion, if even from only this one shot.

edit: I should mention that I’m normally not so sparse with my photographs. i usually include several displaying as many angles and characteristics of the specimen as possible. this was more of an artistic shoot than a collection.

Why Mycena?
By: Douglas Smith (douglas)
2008-10-30 23:14:43 PDT (-0700)

Is there any more to go on here? Need photos of the gills, and info on the spore color perhaps… Are you sure this is a Mycena?