Observation 75412: Camarops petersii (Berk. & M.A. Curtis) Nannf.

When: 2011-09-03

Collection location: Wayne National Forest, Athens Co., Ohio, USA [Click for map]

Who: Dan Molter (shroomydan)

No specimen available



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i saw a dead man’s tongue
By: Britney Ramsey (Riverdweller)
2011-09-08 12:38:54 CDT (-0400)

once, while giving CPR to a dead guy (yeh, it didn’t work)
cool shroom, creepy sorta

bettah than skeletons in my closet, No-ee…
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2011-09-08 12:01:48 CDT (-0400)

seriously, one name is as good as the next. “Dead Man’s Tongue” is imaginative and fun; the fungal texture resembles papillae on a tongue, and the black color implies decay, hence the “dead” part.

Not every example of this fungus looks like a dogs nose, and not all dog noses are wet.

This is a silly argument, anyway. You’d almost think that you weren’t finding fungi out in the east, and we KNOW that’s not true! :)

Call it what you want, and so will I.

Older common names don’t matter…
By: Noah Siegel (Noah)
2011-09-07 21:55:39 CDT (-0400)

We don’t have to follow IBNC for common names, just have to use them more often…
How many people have seen a dead man’s tongue? or dead woman for that matter. (Do you have a stash of dead bodies in your basement Debbie?)

It does look and feel like a dog nose.

or does it really matter?
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2011-09-07 15:40:42 CDT (-0400)

as long as we can all agree on the mushroom it refers to?

here’s my original encounter with this fine fungus. I am SO not giving up the cool, ghoulish name, though! It’s perfect for those Halloween Mushroom talks…


Besides, if Cathy at Cornell is claiming that her walk participant coined the term in Oct. 2007, the Dead Man’s Tongue has precedence since, as evidenced by my post, it was being used prior to 2006! ;)

Or should be all just call it Camarops petersii and be done with it?

I learned it as
By: walt sturgeon (Mycowalt)
2011-09-07 15:17:48 CDT (-0400)

Peridoxylon petersii
The question is does a dead man’s tongue look like a dog’s nose?

More info
By: Drew Parker (mycotrope)
2011-09-07 15:11:13 CDT (-0400)

about the dog’s nose fungus… http://blog.mycology.cornell.edu/?p=227

it’s a shroom with many names…
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2011-09-07 13:10:02 CDT (-0400)

“Dead Man’s Tongue” is how I first heard it referred to, the first time that I saw it in Illinois (it doesn’t occur in CA), and it certainly fit that description to a “T”.

Dan’s recent photo looked a lot like a dogs nose.

Why not both names, No-ee?

Dead Mans Tongue?
By: Noah Siegel (Noah)
2011-09-07 12:56:50 CDT (-0400)

Isn’t it the Dog Nose Fungus?

great shots of the dead man’s tongue!
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2011-09-07 11:40:31 CDT (-0400)

esp. in its young, fully enclosed state (which I have never seen before).

but what the heck is that fire shot all about??!

Nice example Dan.
By: damon brunette (damonbrunette)
2011-09-07 09:00:18 CDT (-0400)
They are the same…
By: Noah Siegel (Noah)
2011-09-07 00:17:45 CDT (-0400)

the young ones look nothing like the mature specimens. I saw a log covered with all ages in Ohio this past July.

different fungi
By: Danny Newman (myxomop)
2011-09-04 23:51:36 CDT (-0400)

1st is a conk, possibly I. resinosum

2nd is a Camarops sp., probably C. petersii

edit: from MushroomExpert:

[when young, C. petersii is] encased in a black, feltlike veil that soon ruptures and becomes a sheath around the sides of the fruiting body,

EDIT: Kuo’s description of the veil apparently needs correcting. C. petersii veils appear to be anything but black, at least not until age.

Rock hard
By: Dan Molter (shroomydan)
2011-09-04 23:48:36 CDT (-0400)

The top photo is unopened. They were together on the same rotting log.

By: Darvin DeShazer (darv)
2011-09-04 23:45:33 CDT (-0400)

Are these the same fungus?
They look so different. The bottom photo looks more like a jelly fungus.

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