Observation 24359: Flammulaster muricatus (Fr.) Watling

When: 2009-08-15

Collection location: Wayne National Forest, Athens Co., Ohio, USA [Click for map]

Who: Dan Molter (shroomydan)

No specimen available

The caps of these scruffy little guys are only a cm or two in diameter. Found on a piece of wood near a dry stream bed under hardwood.



Proposed Names

-8% (3)
Recognized by sight
16% (2)
Recognized by sight
70% (4)
Eye3 Eyes3
Used references: is it a boy or a girl?
61% (3)
Used references: Roody. Noticed this one as I was reviewing Roody’s portrayal of Leucopholiota decorosa. Haven’t ever IDed it myself.

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F. muricatus and P. erinaceellus
By: Dave W (Dave W)
2009-09-09 10:05:56 PDT (-0700)

certainly look alike (judging from photos). So I wouldn’t be surprised if they are either synonyms or NA/Euro versions of similar mushrooms. Roody’s book is specifically for the Appalachian region of the US. So I suppose then that P. erinaceellus is an acceptable name for a NA mushroom species.

F. Erinaceella
By: Eddee (eddeeee)
2009-09-09 09:48:50 PDT (-0700)
I was under the imprestion form some european mycologest that F. muricatus is the european verstion of f erinaceella. .
Found something similar
By: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)
2009-08-18 09:40:27 PDT (-0700)

here for several years running. Perhaps slightly larger, but never 1 inch wide caps. I remember distinctly the warty-scaled caps, the scruffy stipe. No one here could suggest a name, so left it out of the OMS show.

One of the major problems in putting on a quality mushroom show is having correct identifications. I sometimes think that the OMS tosses more specimens than it identifies, which may be true of many shows.

It’s a boy!
By: Nathan Wilson (nathan)
2009-08-16 08:04:38 PDT (-0700)

According to Index Fungorm Flammulaster muricatus is correct latin. However, the species was published by Watling as Flammulaster muricata. The two names definitely refer to the same taxon, the vast majority of Flammulasters have a masculine species name and Flammulaster muricata loses the ‘Google Test’ by more than a factor of 8 (make sure you put the name in double quotes), so I made the names synonyms and deprecated F. muricata.

brown spores
By: Dan Molter (shroomydan)
2009-08-16 04:47:11 PDT (-0700)

Thanks for the ID Darv. I just checked the spore print and it turned up light brown, which is a match. However, a google search of the name returned as many hits for F. muricatus as F. muricata. I’m not which gender is correct for this cute little mushroom.

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