Observation 45220: Lycoperdon Pers.

These puffballs look similar to the ones I found at Swans Crossing. I could not find any young growths to check if they were hairy.


Copyright © 2010 Ian Dodd Kundabung NSW Australia

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Recognized by sight: Growing on wood

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By: Irene Andersson (irenea)
2010-05-10 01:10:55 PDT (-0700)

Morganella is a genus of bacteria as well (that name was introduced earlier than on the puffballs). What do the nomenclatural rules say about that?

genus to be determined
By: Dennis Oliver
2010-05-09 23:47:48 PDT (-0700)

The recent molecular work on Lycoperdaceae has left the relationship between species in an unresolved state. Kruger and Kreisel (2003) had put L. pyriforme in Morganella based on morphology (paracapillitial threads rather than true capillitium) habit of growing on wood and molecular results. Two new studies; Larsson and Jeppson (2008) and Kruger and Gargas (2008)show that the old lines between genera are not very tenable and confusing. For example Lycoperdon perlatum the type species of the genus seems to be an outside of the core group of Lycoperdon. There is a lot of work still to be done to resolve issues in the Lycoperdaceae. (there is so much mis-identification of Lycoperdon species out there in the web world.)

I recommend a recent paper by Bates, Roberson and Desjardin (2009) Arizona gasteroid fungi I: Lycoperdaceae (Agaricales, basidiomycota)Fungal Diversity 37:153-207 which is available online. Scott Bates, received his masters from Arizona State studing the Lycoperdaceae of Arizona, great thesis and a very useful and informative paper. I recommend it highly.

So Lycoperdon sp. is a fine choice. Next step is to look at the spores and capillitium.

By: Irene Andersson (irenea)
2010-05-09 14:43:16 PDT (-0700)

this does not look like the typical pyriforme to me, but even if it’s a relative, it’s placed in the genus Lycoperdon (along with some of the former Bovista, Bovistella, Calvata/Handkea), at least for the time being..

By: Johannes Harnisch (Johann Harnisch)
2010-05-09 13:33:13 PDT (-0700)

Morgannella is the Basionym…. see Fungorum


Now I am confused, should the specimen be named Lycoperdon or Morganella. I thought the latter was the correct newer naming? Chow kk.

By: Dennis Oliver
2010-05-09 07:14:34 PDT (-0700)

It looks like a Lycoperdon. It’s growing on wood so one would be tempted to call it Lycoperdon pyriforme (Morganella pyriforme, being the preferred nomenclature)but I have no knowledge of Australian puffballs so would never be so presumptuous.

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