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Observed: 3rd September 2013 By: dejayM
Biological Recording In ScotlandHighland Biological Recording GroupOrkney Biodiversity Records Centre
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Molly size
also contorted

I took pictures of these 3mm orange blobs on a log. Only when I came to look at the pictures at home did I find eyelashes. Seems improbable but I took to my WebBrowser and low-and-behold Molly Eye Winker! And why not?
The trouble is, they are difficult to separate.
Pictures 1 and 2 are probably Scutellinia scutelata - I'd like to think so (I'm prettysureso). They are the right size, shape, colour, texture, in the right location and on the right substrate.
But, hang on, pictures 3 and 4 are of one, massive by comparison, way out on an open moorland growing on damp peat. Maybe that's setosa, cranita, crucipila - who knows?
So, to attract 30 agreements, I have gone 'safe' with an ID, not my usual style.


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Species interactions

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DerekDefinitely both

Definitely both Scutellinia (I thought the second might have been Melastiza but in close up there are distinctive but very short hairs). So the first could well be S scutallata although many of the continental mycologists studying this genus feel that S scutallata is quite rare and most finds like this are S crinita. The second with much shorter hairs is too big for setosa (max 2mm across) nor is it crinita (hairs too long) or crucipila (mostly on dung and too many hairs) but it could be S cejpii S kerguelensis S macrospora or S umbrorum (or others).
Ps I don't suppose you collected it?

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Yes, I went through the same thought processes, including thinking from the thumbnails that the second pair of photographs were Melastiza until I looked at the enlargements.

The problem with Scutellinia is that of too much literature! There have been several studies, and they all disagree. Most of the time I end up calling my own finds S. crinita, and follow the view that S. scutellata is NOT common.


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Thanks and no Malcolm, I didn't collect. That's a shame with the bigger one, because it might be a real rarity here, there even.
My glib "setosa, cranita, crucipila.." was not based on any assumptions but I do have the Webkey here to lean on klik Keys (show).
I need to spend a little more time out of my box and YOU need to tick an agreement!