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Pilobolus species on dung for ID..

Observed: 24th February 2013 By: charlie streetscharlie streets’s reputation in Fungi and Lichenscharlie streets’s reputation in Fungi and Lichens
 Pilobolus on Rabbit dung.
 Pilobolus on cow dung.
Description:

How many species of Pilobolus are regular in the UK and do they all need microscopic examination for an positive ID?

Identifications

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Species interactions

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Comments

flaxton's picture

Charlie There are a few

Charlie
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.

charlie streets's picture

Thanks Mal,I look forward to

Thanks Mal,I look forward to that.

charlie streets's picture

I suppose the first question

I suppose the first question should have been are they both of the same species.

flaxton's picture

DMH I think there are a large

DMH
I think there are a large number of P crystalinus records that have not been examined and were actually one of the other species.

Charlie
They could very well be but we have no way of knowing

Mal

charlie streets's picture

Mal,it can so easily be the

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.

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Charlie That's right. I would

Charlie
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.
Mal