Observation 163579: Gomphaceae Donk

Not sure of this species. I do not think it is Cantharellus or Paxillus. The top of the pileus is flat although uneven, The margins are not tending to roll inwards fully. The specimens were found in the rainforest region of the lower part of the mountain. They appeared to be associated with the underground rooting system at the base of a very old dead tree. This was also a very low light area and damp. The fungi were well attached to the rooting system in the soil. Three examples only found and only in this particular spot. Size varied slightly but all appeared to be mature. The caps gave off a slightly powdery dust the same colour as the caps.


Have loaded this image, (micrograph) for comment please. 100x with Melzers reagent. I am not really certain if this shows the shape of the spores or not. There appears to be some elongated shapes that are not sharp but?
Comments please.>>(about the spores and shape.)<<

Proposed Names

29% (1)
Recognized by sight
42% (3)
Recognized by sight
8% (3)
Recognized by sight: it looks like a chanterelle to me!
Based on microscopic features: check for smooth (cantharellus) or ornamented (gomphales) spores.
46% (2)
Based on chemical features: Closest sequence match is in Ramaria
31% (2)
Recognized by sight
31% (2)
Recognized by sight

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so, a unique species to Oz.
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2018-07-13 22:25:38 CDT (-0400)

not a surprise. and we are a long way from even a genus here.

much of the Australian mycoflora is Terra incognita.

The micrograph doesn’t show any spores
By: Alan Rockefeller (Alan Rockefeller)
2018-07-13 18:51:17 CDT (-0400)

Sometimes spores are difficult to come by, especially if it’s not completely mature yet. The sequence definitely puts it in the Gomphales, with no matches closer than 88%. Since the query coverage is below 50% on all matches, a high degree of accuracy isn’t possible. It is likely that a LSU sequence could tell us more.

If you were to BLAST this again in 50 years, there would surely be much better results.

Micrograph loaded

Comments please.


Will post to you as soon as I have done my attempt at a micrograph for DV. Chow, kk


I will do a spore (micrograph early next week and post to mo. Thanks for your input. kk

before you send it off…
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2014-04-18 18:57:14 CDT (-0400)

check the spores. much quicker answer.

I’d be happy
By: Christian (Christian Schwarz)
2014-04-18 17:44:34 CDT (-0400)

to include it in our sequencing project, Ian.

If you’d like I will put right next to the other two specimens
you sent me in the next round.

I think you should still have my address.

did you pull these apart?
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2014-04-18 11:58:53 CDT (-0400)

if so, what did the context look like?
very interesting find. :)

there is a green staining chanterelle outside of Chicago, too, but this is very different.
certainly cantherelloid.

Cantharellus similar
By: DudeFeesh (mmsahler)
2014-04-18 11:16:55 CDT (-0400)

They have of character in common with C. cibarius. Obviously that’s not what they are though. Interesting find.

Green staining
By: Christian (Christian Schwarz)
2014-04-17 22:58:20 CDT (-0400)

on caps and especially base of stipe is interesting.
Overall color scheme is similar to Phaeclavulina abietina

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