Merismodes anomala

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Merismodes anomala

Postby Leif Goodwin » Sun Mar 01, 2015 10:25 am

I thought this one was an ascomycete and would be impossible to ID reliably but it turned out to be a basidiomycete, not a genus I'd come across before. Each cup is about 0.5 mm across, but it grows in large groups making it easy to see. According to the Basidiomycota Checklist it is common, so I can only assume I need to look more carefully at dead wood. Some photos below.

In situ:

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Crop:

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Spores:

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Cap margin hairs:

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Re: Merismodes anomala

Postby Chris Johnson » Mon Mar 02, 2015 8:35 am

A nice find Leif. Being a basidiomycete, I assume it was on the underside of some dead wood?

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Re: Merismodes anomala

Postby Leif Goodwin » Mon Mar 02, 2015 2:34 pm

Thanks Chris. Yes, on the underside.
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