When: 2008-03-13

Collection location: Ventura, California, USA [Click for map]

Who: shawnlee (unretarded)

No specimen available

300 foot above sea level ,approx 3 miles in from coast ,growing on moist moss in a micro climate……..smell unknown to very little organic smell.

I have no idea on this one ……not even a close family match….

[admin – Sat Aug 14 02:07:18 +0000 2010]: Changed location name from ‘ventura california’ to ‘Ventura, California, USA’


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By: Douglas Smith (douglas)
2008-03-16 15:17:24 CDT (-0400)

The standard method for preservation is drying the sample, and drying it completely, and then keeping it dry. Once dry, some samples have been kept for study for 150 years. I believe for this type of study, that also drying with heat, so it get above 160 deg., will stop enzyme reaction also, to help preserve. There is a recent wrinkle, in that too much heat can disturb dna study, but I’m not sure about that. I was recently told to dry T. tuberosa without heat. But I fond that takes too long, and you can lose the sample to bugs before it is dry enough (but for T. tuberosa it is a tiny tough little guy, and bugs are a bother there).

Anyway, dry the things. And when drying put a small note about what it is, where you got it, and the date, in the drier with the sample. After drying you might not be able to tell what it is.

If you want then you can send some to Curecat in a zip-lock bag in a small box (so it doesn’t get crushed), and maybe send one to me… I’m getting a perverse desire to put stuff under the scope when you can’t even figure out the genus of the thing.

reference to more data……
By: shawnlee (unretarded)
2008-03-16 11:49:55 CDT (-0400)

What would be the best collection method for storage for examination……a vial with 99.9 iso ….a vial with distilled water ….? freeze it…? vacuume pack it ?
Cuecat wants a specimen and anyone else is welcome to one too …I just need a good storage collection method ,I have lost a few different ones to larva infestations ……..formaldehyde maybe … These are still in the ground at this present time…….

More detail and spore print
By: Douglas Smith (douglas)
2008-03-15 11:23:14 CST (-0500)

You’re going need more detail in the photo, and spore print on this one. I’ve seen at times when a ’shroom grows in rocky moss like that, it is dwarf version of a normal cap. These might be some abnormal version of something more common.

By: Erin Page Blanchard (CureCat)
2008-03-14 18:01:47 CST (-0500)