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Observation 235327: Cantharellus minor Peck

When: 2013-07-05

Collection location: Public wilderness, Carbon Co., Pennsylvania, USA [Click for map]

Who: Chris Foss (The Vault Dweller)

No specimen available

I’m skeptical as to whether this is Leotia lubrica or Cudonia lutea. An example of why I need to get a microscope and look at spores.


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By: Chris Foss (The Vault Dweller)
2016-03-25 13:56:13 CDT (-0400)

I had never heard of a poisoning stemming from handling a specimen and if that were possible I’d certainly here warnings about it, but I’m a very cautious person. I haven’t had this problem the past year though.

Handle away, Chris.
By: Sarah Prentice
2016-03-25 01:30:34 CDT (-0400)

You’d have to ingest a toxic species to be poisoned.

I’m so happy!
By: Chris Foss (The Vault Dweller)
2016-03-24 23:22:56 CDT (-0400)

That is exactly what I think and do currently. Also my fear before wasn’t so much disrupting nature or respecting life, but worried a species was poisonous and I shouldn’t touch it. I know now that’s paranoia. Just don’t eat it or handle it a lot especially if wet.

That’s an ecologically considerate point of view.
By: Dave W (Dave W)
2016-03-24 20:05:33 CDT (-0400)

Coming from a background of “fill the baskets!”, it’s something that I warmed up to in stages… trying to respect the mushroom’s reason for existence. One thing I do is extract mushrooms from the substrate, take photos where the ambient light is conducive to color/detail, and then replant some of the mushrooms in either the same exact habitat, or a spot that’s similar. I figure this not only allows the mushrooms to fulfill their purpose in Nature, it actually increases the probability the species will proliferate by introducing spores into new habitat.

Well, I do still like to fill the basket full of chanterelles. But now I try to leave at least a few behind, especially the immature ones.

By: Chris Foss (The Vault Dweller)
2016-03-24 19:21:20 CDT (-0400)

I did consider that both lubrica and lutea are of a duller shade of yellow than what I found and looking at Cantharellus minor and various Gloioxanthyomyces it’s much more likely one of those.

I’d like to add that when I started I was apprehensive about touching, removing, or damaging the fungi I found though I’ve since learned you can find much more if you’re willing to remove them. That’s why I didn’t get an underside picture since they were too small to take a picture without removing them.

The color…
By: Dave W (Dave W)
2016-03-24 08:28:45 CDT (-0400)

reminds me more of Cantharellus minor than either Leotia lubrica or Cudonia lutea. Did you examine the fertile surface? Another thing to consider is genus Gloioxanthomyces, which contains two different species of small yellow mushrooms. Need to see the underside.