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Scarlet elf cup

Observed: 18th February 2013 By: pen-y-bont_mikepen-y-bont_mike’s reputation in Fungi and Lichenspen-y-bont_mike’s reputation in Fungi and Lichens

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2 species

Thanks Thistle

I was going to post this as S coccinea but when I used "get recommended" it gave me S. austriaca so I used that but my curiosity was aroused and whilst you were adding your id I was off researching the reason for what I had assumed was a change of name. I came back to post a link to my research into what I now agree are 2 different but very similar species

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To quote Roger Phillips...

Not specifically relevant to this iSpot entry but in case anyone's intereseted... under the entry for Sarcoscypha austriaca in his latest 'Mushrooms' book, Roger Phillips makes the following comment:

"Unfortunately I do not have the specimens of this fungus in my herbarium, but Dr Brian Spooner of Kew thinks it more likely to be S. austriaca, which has now been recognised as the more common of the two British species."

Obviously the ID relates to the example shown in the book but it's interesting that they're suggesting that S.austriaca is the more common species in Britain.