How many species of Pilobolus are regular in the UK and do they all need microscopic examination for an positive ID?
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There are a few species found in the uk and all but one need a microscopic examination. The size and shape of the spores is the information needed. I will post the one species that can be id'd without.
Thanks Mal,I look forward to that.
I suppose the first question should have been are they both of the same species.
I think there are a large number of P crystalinus records that have not been examined and were actually one of the other species.
They could very well be but we have no way of knowing
Mal,it can so easily be the case of assuming something is common based purely on records that have assumed the same in the past without proper scientific backing.
That's right. I would think that very few people have any let alone the right literature to go beyond "it's a Pilobolus" so P christallinus is the default. I suppose that is better than recording it as one of the rarities because it looks different.
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