When: 2009-09-05

Collection location: Bear Rock Lake Wildlife Management Area, West Virginia, USA [Click for map]

Who: Dan Molter (shroomydan)

No specimen available

These tiny hairy mushrooms were growing from a rotting hardwood log near a small stream.

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Look different to me.
By: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)
2009-09-09 21:04:04 CDT (-0500)

These have relatively coarse pileus scales; previous observation have rather fine scales and different overall coloration.

similar observation
By: Dan Molter (shroomydan)
2009-09-09 19:46:43 CDT (-0500)

These reminded me the mushroom in this observation:

Some really random notes…
By: Douglas Smith (douglas)
2009-09-09 08:01:54 CDT (-0500)

I did some quick (really quick) checks of the Smith Psathyrella monograph, and there are some suspects perhaps, some that look kinda close are P. maculata, P. propinqua (sp?), P. subcinnamomea. But these are only kinda close, most have the shaggy fibrous surface confined in a thin layer, usually with a viscid gelatin layer. They also are related to P. lacrymabunda, which you can see photos of, it is common enough in some places. This one doesn’t have the shaggy spiky surface, but a smooth flat shaggy surface.

So, still no idea, although perhaps Psathyrella is a good guess at this point. Although these kinda look like a black and white version of a Pheomarasmius…

Why not Inocybe?
By: Douglas Smith (douglas)
2009-09-09 02:12:45 CDT (-0500)

Did you get a spore color on these? I can’t quite tell, unless I’m missing something?

I guess they are on wood, so that is not Inocybe… but with those fibrous caps…

By: Paul Derbyshire (Twizzler)
2009-09-09 02:01:36 CDT (-0500)

Looks like a Strobilomyces with gills! What makes you think Psath? It’s certainly not the first genus I think of for scaly- rather than smooth-topped gilled fungi, or for pale-gilled ones.

Never seen this one before.
By: walt sturgeon (Mycowalt)
2009-09-08 21:46:28 CDT (-0500)