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Fëanor's Goblet

Observed: 10th March 2013 By: DavidHowdon
Amateur Entomologists' SocietyLondon Natural History SocietySelborne Society
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chrisbrooks's picture

Confusion species

There are, best enter a revised ID of just Sarcoscypha.

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So what is the difference

As I can go back an re-examine the specimens.

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Put a few under the microscope. Hairs seemed straight.

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flaxton's picture

And the spores?

And the spores?

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Didn't check these (or the paraphyses) as the link provided did not suggest it was necessary.

Probably best if I leave this one as just the aggregate.

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flaxton's picture

The shape of the spores and

The shape of the spores and the straight or curly hairs on the outside of the cup so you need a microscope.

D.M.H.'s picture

Spanner in the works

A face book friend of mine Fungalpunk Dave has an excellent website. On it is far superior information than previous link.


He informs me that Tony Carter of the North West Fungus Group has found both types of hair growth on one specimen of sarcoscypha and that an additional third species S. Jurana is also a possiblity.


All given ID's are subject to error/ommissions. Please seek independent verification before acting on ANY advice given. BE SAFE =)

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There's a key to the European and N American species at http://www.gbif-mycology.de/HostedSites/Baral/Sarcoscypha_keys.htm.

I guess that all but the most dedicated of us is likely to stop at Sarcoscypha without taking it to species level.


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Thanks for the link

Thank you for the interesting Sarcoscypha link D.M.H. At Scottish Fungi we try to get as good a balance between ecology and taxonomy as possible, so it's useful to see the additional characters mentioned in this link.