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Jew's Ear

Observed: 31st December 2009 By: cazharri
S159 Neighbourhood Nature - current student
2009 Dec 31 008



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Can't suggest an ID for your

Can't suggest an ID for your fungus but I think you've slightly muddled the Latin and common names:
Tremella mesenterica - Yellow Brain
Auricularia auricula-judea - Jews Ear or Jelly Ear

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You can avoid this kind of

You can avoid this kind of confusion by using the 'Get recommended' button when you enter a common or scientific name. The button will give you the correct counterpart (depending upon which you entered).

University of Edinburgh and Biodiversity Observatory (OU)

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Its neither jew's ear nor

Its neither jew's ear nor Tremella. I think it might be the Phlebia instead. I think we have examples of both the jew's ear and Tremella on ispot so you could try using the search to find them and compare with what is shown in your photo. Sometimes you imagine a fungus is going to change shape as it develops but in this case i think it just stays as a crust and covers more area.

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Jew's Ear comments

I used as reference A colour guide to familiar Mushrooms and Fungi by Dr. Mirko Svrcek. Under his heading Jew's Ear (Hirneola auricula-judae), he lists three representatives of the two families of Basidiomycetes - Tremella mesenterica, looked very similiar in the illustration being orange in colour but I was not completely sure - so thanks for all your comments.

Caz H.