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When: 2016-04-03

Collection location: Logan, Hocking Co., Ohio, USA [Click for map]

Who: Whitney Curran (FungiWACii)

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Growing on pore surface of G. applanatum.

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By: Danny Newman (myxomop)
2017-02-20 11:46:28 CST (-0500)

Observation 247633 and the other similar observations linked therein

I’m glad to see this observation on MO!
By: Rand Workman (Ranmofod)
2016-04-15 21:50:18 CDT (-0400)

Great photos, Whitney.
These types of fungi should/will be the subject of more observations as I’m sure that they’re not so much rare, but just overlooked.
I definitely agree with Danny’s choice to be more conservative with the “official” labeling without comparing the microscopic features but I’m glad to see something that actually resembles (at least to me) the genus Melanospora and being linked to the name here on MO.
I am continuing to experience new genera (with unfortunately, very few photos or descriptions) while scanning the Web for these “fairy pins”. By no means am I an expert in any field, just an interested, newb hobbyist.
Here is a helpful key for future reference so that you have an idea what is needed to differentiate them.
Now that you have an eye for these oddities you will see them often. Keep sharing! I look forward to seeing your finds.

Melanospora key PDF
By: Rand Workman (Ranmofod)
2016-04-15 21:48:49 CDT (-0400)
without micro
By: Danny Newman (myxomop)
2016-04-15 14:17:37 CDT (-0400)

and without input from a vetted ascomycetologist, it’s rather hasty to assign genus names to these fungi. micro is everything. you could try putting it on AscoFrance for kicks, but they will likely tell you the same.

ID forum
By: Whitney Curran (FungiWACii)
2016-04-15 11:16:48 CDT (-0400)

I had help in an ID forum. This was the first time I’d ever found them and that was the closest thing I could find.

Hi Whitney
By: Danny Newman (myxomop)
2016-04-14 14:25:14 CDT (-0400)

Can I ask how you arrived at this name? I would like to know more about these tiny, long-necked Sordariomycetes and how to differentiate between them (as in Observation 220002)