Found on cow dung and 1 1/2mm across..
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C stercorea has star shaped hairs on the outside C fimicola looks the same but has no stellate hairs so this could be either.
Hi Mal, would a photo of the underside be of any help?
I think it is unlikely but put one up and we can check it.
Put just the genus for now and if you get any microscopy info later update to species.
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Yep, well said DMH, I had a look at the underside and couldn't see anything useful. I have retained a portion of the dung to see if anything else pops up.I have also developed an interest in rearing dung fungi so watch this space!
Is late winter/early spring the best time to look out for dung fungi?
Just reading Dung Fungi of New Zealand and it reckons autumn and winter give the largest number of species but I thing there will always be things appearing if you "cultivate" a specimen.
At that time of year. Dont think I'm going to be looking at dung during Cep season to have comparison lol :-D
Are all the NZ species introductions, not sure there is anything native there to produce suitable dung.
My education is lacking I didn't realise there were no native mammals (other than bats). As that is the case you are probably right and the dung fungi are all imports.
There are coprolites from the two species of Giant Moa. Being herbivours and given their size I guess this was not to different being undigested plant material.
introduced, always seems to imply man transported the spores in his entourage. Could the lack of suitable dung not be the determining factor? Colonising species employing natural methods having failed to succeed previously and mans responsibility purely circumstantial?
I have been (very slightly) interested in NZ fungi since being there and seeing A. muscaria on nothofagus (http://www.amanita-photolibrary.co.uk/photo_library/New_Zealand/nz95_ama...), then wondering if the Amanita was already there or if it came in with all the imported trees. There is a similar situation in South Africa where quite a number of the fungi are associated with introduced species of plants or other non native things.
My original query has been answered. It's Cheilymenia fimicola.Thanks to Nick Alpin for his time and expertise.
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