Observation 247710: Craterellus Pers.

When: 2016-08-11

Collection location: Creve Coeur Park, Maryland Heights, Missouri, USA [Click for map]

Who: Judi T. (AvidAmateur)

No specimen available

I have no idea how to even classify these tiny fungi. Several specimens were fruiting in mud (possibly mixed with woody debris) under a Russula that caught my eye. Otherwise I never would have noticed them. Cap (if it indeed can be considered a cap, per se): 3 mm. Stipe: 9 mm. X less than 1 mm.


Copyright © 2016 Judi Thomas
Copyright © 2016 Judi Thomas
Copyright © 2016 Judi Thomas
Copyright © 2016 Judi Thomas
Copyright © 2016 Judi Thomas

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Thanks for enlightening me on that, Herbert.
By: Judi T. (AvidAmateur)
2016-08-13 19:11:38 CDT (-0500)
By: Jacob Kalichman (Pulk)
2016-08-13 17:56:39 CDT (-0500)

That’s how I find (everyone finds?) cool stuff. When you’re already down on the ground for something bigger and flashier…

Thanks, Jacob. Had it not been for
By: Judi T. (AvidAmateur)
2016-08-13 17:38:03 CDT (-0500)

a colorful little Russula, under which these were fruiting, I never would have seen them. Just a bit of serendipity=)

Impressive find, Judi!
By: Jacob Kalichman (Pulk)
2016-08-13 17:15:06 CDT (-0500)

Must’ve been hard to spot.

Herbert, you have no idea how impressed
By: Judi T. (AvidAmateur)
2016-08-13 16:44:35 CDT (-0500)

I am with your ID. When I posted this I really thought no one would even bother to look at it or take it seriously because it is so small … and probably seldom seen. Thank you so much for helping me out here. I can’t find much info on this species but did note that Kuo (on his MushroomExpert.com) does refer to a bit of a “taxonomic mess” surrounding these little guys. Ann’s Ob. # 207368 mentions a similar size as my specimens and she has posted a picture of a tiny cluster of them which looks like a picture I took but later discarded because it was out of focus. I also note that Mycobank shows the preferred name as Pseudocraterellus subundulatus and C. subundulatus as a legitimate synonym. What’s your feeling on that? Thanks again!