When: 2009-03-17

Collection location: Joaquin Miller Park, Oakland, Alameda Co., California, USA [Click for map]

Who: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)

No specimen available

This small bolbitius was fruiting off the trunk of a dead standing oak. I was quite surprised to see the brown gills on this mycena-esque mushroom! Apparently common, but it was the first time that I’d seen it.


Proposed Names

-18% (3)
Recognized by sight: good call Christian. somehow I misconstrued this cap as white, which took me to a wrong turn in the key.

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thank you dimitar.
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2009-03-19 23:32:03 IST (+0530)

since both you and Else dismissively mentioned how common this was, in face of my excitement at finding it, i didn’t think that it was a big deal or a particular rarity. Besides, all I remembered Else saying was bolbitius, I went to the keys for the species.

I normally am quite good about citing any and all ID help, altho sometimes that gets me into trouble, too! ;)

Also, id credit should also be given where appropriate.
By: Dimitar Bojantchev (dimitar)
2009-03-19 22:56:35 IST (+0530)

Debbie, if this is the same mushroom that you presented at the BAMS
meeting the other night then you might have mentioned that Else
Vellinga and Dimitar identified the material after inspecting the
material visually…

In my own practice I always give credit for ids. I may say — “id
suggested by Arora, verified by me” or “id by Mike Wood/MykoWeb, no
research on my part”… Or any combination of words acknowledging
that someone else looked at the specimen in a worthy manner.
Particularly for things, which apparently are completely new to
you. It’s not a big deal, but just wanted to share the way it should
be done in a proper manner, IMO.

Nice specimen, these are fun.

Hmm… someone else spelled it wrong…
By: Douglas Smith (douglas)
2009-03-19 22:50:14 IST (+0530)

Well, we should make it a synonym and then deprecate it.

your spell check followed my post, didn’t preceed it!
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2009-03-19 21:41:22 IST (+0530)

yup, it did ask me, and i just thought that it was a first sighting, didn’t even consider checking my spelling.

no biggie, you fixed it. I can’t repropose a name already proposed by someone else, and since there were also comments, didn’t destroy it.

And then you spell it wrong…
By: Douglas Smith (douglas)
2009-03-19 21:01:26 IST (+0530)

If you just type in a few letters of the name, the system will suggest a list of already existing names. Did it ask you if you were adding a new name here?

thanks for the human spellcheck, Doug!
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2009-03-19 21:00:28 IST (+0530)
sordidus vs. aleuriatus
By: Christian (Christian Schwarz)
2009-03-19 10:18:14 IST (+0530)

Why not B. aleuriatus?