Observation 45865: Clavogaster virescens (Massee) J.A. Cooper

When: 2010-05-23

Collection location: Fairy Falls Track, Waitakere Ranges, Auckland, New Zealand [Click for map]

Who: Michael W (Michael Wallace)

No specimen available


[admin – Sat Aug 14 02:00:22 +0000 2010]: Changed location name from ‘Fairy Falls Track, Waitakere Ranges, Auckland, New Zealand.’ to ‘Fairy Falls Track, Waitakere Ranges, Auckland, New Zealand’

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Hi Clive,
By: Michael W (Michael Wallace)
2011-11-25 23:31:17 MST (-0700)

Yes, it is obvious to me that it is the same fungus, it seems that the people at Landcareresearch are unaware that they are synonymous.

First described by P. Hennings in 1896 as Cl. novo zelandicus in the Hedwigia journal volume 35,
This should be the accepted name because this is the first published name and it is now known that all species previously placed in the polyphyletic genus Weraroa actually belong in various other genera, for example, Weraroa erythrocephala as Leratiomyces erythrocephalus, Weraroa novaezelandiae as Psilocybe weraroa.

At the Landcare site they place Cl. novozelandicus in the Agaricaceae but I believe it fits best into the Strophariaceae.

It remains to be seen where the five other species of Weraroa should be placed.
Weraroa cucullata
Weraroa coprophila
Weraroa nivalis
Weraroa patagonia
Weraroa spadicea

A closer study of the type collections of these species would be needed with DNA sequencing to place them correctly.

By: Clive Shirley (myxo)
2011-11-25 14:05:34 MST (-0700)

Whats the diffrence between Clavogaster novozelandicus and Weraroa virescens? Its odd that C. novozelandicus has only been found in NZ from 2000 to 2009 are we talking about the same fungus with two diffrent names?

Agree, nice pix
By: Karl Soop (karlsoop)
2010-12-31 00:55:34 MST (-0700)

Yes, you have beautiful and typical pictures of secotioid fungi, like Cortinarius peraurantiacus and this one. But in this case, it looks more like Weraroa virescens to me, given the oblong and sinuous shape of the cap. What do you think, Mike?

By: Danny Newman (myxomop)
2010-05-26 03:13:09 MDT (-0600)

more awesome, beautifully photographed, blue, secotiod fungi from NZ. can’t wait to come and see them in person!

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