Please help identify this...

Fred M. Rhoades fredr at cc.wwu.edu
Tue Dec 3 04:29:27 EST 2002


Dan (and Pete, again),

  They look like fish eggs to me.

Fred Rhoades

"Daniel B. Wheeler" wrote:

> Pete <Pete532 at yahoo.com> wrote in message news:<3DD52D69.229464AA at yahoo.com>...
> > A jelly fungus? Pictures and details at
> >
> > http://www.seanet.com/~pmar/jelly.htm
> >
> > Thanks for your help!
>
> First, some great pics, Pete! You have captured _exactly_ what was
> necessary for identification. Small stipes are present, some thick
> gelatinous cup fungi. I'm guessing the material may have been growing
> on buried wood, is relatively small (1/16-1" diameter across each
> cup). If true, the fungus _may_ be Guepiniopsis alpinus, which is
> fairly common cup fungi growing on coniferous wood.
>
> But...there are some aspects which do not match my own experience.
>
> The most troublesome issue is that the cups seem much too thick,
> nearly as thick as Bulgaria inquinans. Of course B. inquinans is rich
> black and rubbery. It also tends to be quite a bit larger in size: I
> have seen specimens nearly 4 inches in diameter early in the spring.
>
> The thick jelly-like consistency of the cups is also not like anything
> I have seen.
>
> That leads me to a final guess: something new (at least to me). May I
> suggest you save the photos on a floppy disk, dry one or more
> specimens of the fungus, and send it to Dr. Nancy Weber or Dr. James
> Trappe, co/ Forestry Sciences Lab, 3200 Jefferson Way, Corvallis, OR.
> Include a self-addressed, stamped envelope so that they can reply to
> you directly as to what the fungus is.
>
> Good find!
>
> Daniel B. Wheeler
> www.oregonwhitetruffles.com




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