Observation 195555: Fungi Bartl.

When: 2015-01-05

Collection location: Moreleta Kloof Nature Reserve, Pretoria, South Africa [Click for map]

Who: Liz Popich (Lizzie)

No specimen available

Cushion like fungus, velvety appearance, apricot to reddish-brown colour, no stalk, lighter colour and wrinkled underside, diameter 20-50mm, afrotemperate forest.

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By: Danny Newman (myxomop)
2015-03-19 01:34:23 CET (+0100)

I’m no biogeographer, but clearly neither are you, Alain. You’ve basically said that since I have fingernails and toenails, I probably have pelvisnails too, since my pelvis is somewhere in between my hands and feet, not far off from this kind of logic. The presence (or reported presence) of a given taxon in two separate areas, particularly two areas separated by one or more oceans and/or thousands of miles, does not necessarily mean that the same taxon occurs anywhere or everywhere in between those two points.

It hardly bears repeating that this is another case of a highly specific name proposal on an observation for which there is not enough information, particularly microscopic information, to make such a specific assertion, but that is nothing new.

“Internet is great for smart people.” What does that even mean?

Hello Lizzie.
2015-03-18 20:35:24 CET (+0100)

Internet is great for smart people.
Open, http://www.discoverlife.org/mp/20q?search=Discinella, Discinella exists in Australia, and Europe; The Africa is between. His presence makes sense. If possible make a cut if you find others. Nice observation. Alain.

not P. rufa
By: Danny Newman (myxomop)
2015-03-18 09:48:21 CET (+0100)

this fungus grows on aspen in northern temperate regions. your fungus also begins as cup-shaped and transitions to pulvinate (cushion-shaped), which Peniophora does not.

the internet image pile is an unreliable place to identify fungi. the vast majority of images of fungi on the web are from Europe and North America, which are floristically, mycologically, ecologically and biogeographically distinct from South Africa.