Observation 49375: Humidicutis marginata (Peck) Singer

When: 2010-07-24

Collection location: Sam Campbell Trail, Oneida Co., Wisconsin, USA [Click for map]

Who: Steve Nelsen (sfnelsen)

No specimen available

I have put in this name to save Noah Siegel the trouble of changing it. The “Nobody” who called it Hygrocybe marginata was A. H. Smith in his widely circulated “how to know…” book from 1979 (along with his wife and daughter). Smith was, of course, well aware of Singer’s proposal that it be placed in the genus Humidicutus, but obviously did not approve of this juggle. Smith liked big genera and lots of species. Singer liked them as small as possible, and also with lots of species. Noah will be pleased to find that he misattributed the Hygrocybe name to Murrill, who as Noah already pointed out, spelled it differently (Hydrocybe). I don’t know if Smith made a mistake, or was just needling Singer. He was certainly not afraid to use “comb. nov.”, which he did for another of his Hygrocybe species. I tried to name it var. olivaca, which was on the list of names typed in, but was told that this was depricated (so the software would not allow you to use it). I do not know by whom. It is recognized in Index Fungorum (with Singer after it).



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