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Growing in duff under a black cherry. Oaks, beech and sugar maple further away. I crush-mounted a section of the excipular surface (in 5% KOH and phloxine) and examined it under my 100x lens. I think the structures I found were excipular hairs since they didn’t contain the pigments that the paraphyses do and they were smaller than the regular hyphae. I’m not really sure though. The blobs in the pictures are lens oil that got under the cover slip.

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Excipular hairs (?) at 100x in 5% KOH and phloxine. From a crush-mounted section of the excipular surface. The blobs in this picture are lens oil that got under the cover slip.

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-57% (1)
Used references: Mushroomexpert
Based on microscopic features: Straight excipular hairs (?)
57% (1)
Recognized by sight: BLAST results
29% (1)
Recognized by sight: BLAST results
Used references: Wang, Y. Z., Huang, C. L., & Wei, J. L. (2016). Two new species of Sarcoscypha (Sarcosyphaceae, Pezizales) from Taiwan. Phytotaxa, 245(2), 169-177.
Based on microscopic features: Apparently this can’t be distinguished from S. austriaca with ITS (might be synonymous) but differs in a “more villose” exterior and is supposed to be endemic to Asia

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Might be worth checking that out
By: Django Grootmyers (heelsplitter)
2019-07-07 15:23:39 PDT (-0700)

I sent this one to Stephen to sequence as part of his Indiana project, so it wasn’t in my possession when I got the sequencing results.

You might find this interesting
By: Garrett Taylor (cappy)
2019-07-07 00:07:55 PDT (-0700)

One I though might be Sarcoscypha dudleyi based on some of the spores (maybe just immature?) being bi-gutulate turns out to be a good match for this. Unfortunately, I also didn’t have pictures of the excipital hairs. I suppose I could dig it out and do a little more work before sending it out?

The “excipular hairs” pictured were probably a different structure, maybe paraphyses
By: Django Grootmyers (heelsplitter)
2018-04-05 15:43:37 PDT (-0700)

This was when I was first learning microscopy.