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Hooray - Scarlet Elf cup!

Observed: 20th March 2011 By: jhn7
S159 Neighbourhood Nature - course complete
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I have wanted to find this lovely fungus since seeing photos on eyespot. These brightly coloured specimens were in a mixed woodland and shone in the sunshine.


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Some fungi are very poisonous so a mistaken ID could have serious consequences.

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Sarcoscypha species

This is an edited repeat of a comment to an earlier posting of "S. austriaca":

I claim the distinction of first recognising S. austriaca in Britain, and had I not had 3 films ruined by camera malfunction and foolishly waited another year to publish (and perhaps had I not demonstrated the species at a discomycete workshop run by a guy from Kew) I would have beaten the Kew people into print (but I did get an acknowledgement!).


a) the two species CANNOT be distinguished macroscopically and EVERY record posted on iSpot named to species without microscopic confirmation should be disregarded.

b) S. coccinea is the much rarer of the two, at least in Scotland, but it is around. It seems to prefer dryer conditions and it is usually a slightly brighter, more pillar-box red in colour, but these are not reliable distinctions.

(wondering if he should complicate matters by mentioning the 3rd species ...)

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No please don't, I can't cope with two! I did see your other post and wonder, but as Philips suggests austriaca is the more common of the two I plumped for that. As you can see this was my first sighting and I cannot go back because I saw it whilst visiting family on the Welsh border.
What a rotten set of circumstances for you but at least you have the moral highground!!

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I am interested to know about the 3rd species. Also, how does one tell them apart microscopically?

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Check the posts under my find

Check the posts under my find SEC Identification for splitting the first two. http://www.ispot.org.uk/node/120673?nav=latest_observations