Please help identify this...

Mike Maas docmaas-nospam at
Tue Jan 14 04:45:50 EST 2003

I thought they looked like roe too. But I'm curious as to what Daniel
is doing with muscaria that results in him sometimes getting the fishy
odor from muscaria?  


"Fred M. Rhoades" <fredr at> wrote:

>Dan (and Pete, again),
>  They look like fish eggs to me.
>Fred Rhoades
>"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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