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wet pants; was only knee deep…
and I, for one, am glad you posted it. We have small patches of sphagnum bogs in Oregon, and I have a good idea just how difficult this was to photograph without a wetsuit. Let me guess: spruce log nearby?
I’ve heard of these before, associated with spagnum in peat bogs. But I’ve never poersonally seen one, just photos.
Endogone and Glomus have some of the largest spores in the fungal kingdom, and some of the oldest known mycorrhizal associations as well. A forerunner of Glomus, currently named Glomites, is known from Devonian (Age of the Fishes) rock in British Columbia, among club moss. The Devonian Age was also the period where plants first started coming ashore to colonize the great desert wasteland. The problem was water and nutrient accumulation. Some mycorrhizal fungi even today fruit as individual spores or groups of spores in soil.
Is it just coincidence that terrestrial plant life and fungi evolved on land together? I think not. But the paucity of fossil evidence, especially for soft organisms, is so minute that the above question may never be answered for several generations.