Please help identify this...

Pete Pete532 at
Tue Dec 3 04:29:32 EST 2002


Thanks for your insights. I also received two private emails identifying
the pictures as salmon roe!! I am not an expert on either salmon roe or
fungi, so I can't add anything to this discussion.

Two days before I got your message, I was back on site, and checked the
specimen. It had deterioriated considerably in 6 weeks (i.e. a
disgusting mess), leaving soft pale pink skins and very little inside.
It smelled slightly fishy. 

Next time I see something unusual, I'll grab a sample right away, and
photo the undersides.

If it is salmon roe, I wonder how it got there. The prime suspects are
leftovers from a river otter or bald eagle, but there were no other fish
remains in the area.


"Daniel B. Wheeler" wrote:
> Pete <Pete532 at> wrote in message news:<3DD52D69.229464AA at>...
> > A jelly fungus? Pictures and details at
> >
> >
> >
> > 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

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