Observation 72866: Cheilymenia raripila (W. Phillips) Dennis

When: 2011-07-27

Collection location: Lassen National Park, California, USA [Click for map]

Who: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)

Specimen available

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29% (1)
Recognized by sight: small orange ascos on bear dung.
53% (1)
Recognized by sight
57% (1)
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Recognized by sight: a small orange asco with sparse brown hairs, on dung.
Used references: “Dung Fungi of New Zealand”, by Ann Bell. A GREAT reference; species and genera described and beautifully illustrated are NOT restricted to NZ.
Based on microscopic features: under the dissecting scope it was a shallow orange cup with a whitish margin and sparse, dark hairs at the margin.
spores ellipsoid, smooth, hyaline.
setae thin, septate, brown, base enlarged and abrupt (not dendritic).
spores ellipsoid, smooth, hyaline (no reticle, so couldn’t measure them).
setae thin, brown, septate, with an abrupt (not dendritic), slightly bulbous base.
Based on chemical features: asci tips not bluing in Meltzers.

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it was hugely fun to key this asco!
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2011-08-08 12:26:26 EDT (-0400)

also floating about in the dungy mix were the spores only of two (maybe three) other dung fungi, members of the Genera Preussia (stacks of four spores, the middle ones squared and the outer ones a bit larger) and Saccobolus, with their grape-like clusters of spores.

By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2011-08-02 10:47:56 EDT (-0400)

but it is coming with me to NAMA and Rox Lowen’s asco workshop!

Did you scope it?
By: Drew Parker (mycotrope)
2011-07-30 12:04:14 EDT (-0400)
I don’t think that it is Cheilymenia…
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2011-07-30 11:33:48 EDT (-0400)

this asco is a cushion not a cup, and I can’t see hairs at the edge. maybe it’s just too immature???

It’s on the dryer as I type, sans substrate (or at least, as much as I could scrape off. ick.)

not herbivore dung, either, altho the bears are omnivores, so maybe that’s in the ballpark as far as vegetable matter in waste…

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