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Cheilymenia raripila (TBC)

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Unidentified at Suppressed - 12 Jun 2018
Unidentified at Suppressed - 12 Jun 2018
Unidentified at Suppressed - 12 Jun 2018
Unidentified at Suppressed - 12 Jun 2018
Unidentified at Suppressed - 12 Jun 2018

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Fungus Cheilymenia raripila 12 Jun 2018 Paul118

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Author's notes

small orange cups up to 2mm in diameter with pale brown hairs around the perimeter. found growing on macropod dung. seems to fit description and images of Cheilymenia raripila in Fuhrer's book p. 305-306

3 comments

Teresa wrote:
   13 Jun 2018
Paul, there have apparently been five, possibly more, different species of Cheilymenia recorded in Australia to date, dating as far back as 1880. It is a variable species which appears during the months of May to September after rather dry conditions, which we are have been experiencing of late, so I consider this an excellent find, and I to, have found it up this way growing in Swamp Wallaby poop. The apothecia (fruiting body) emerges from the substrate (poop) is bright orange to red in colour, depending on species, and its margin is surrounded by setae (eyelashes) which are very pale to quite brown in colour and are embedded in the hymenium, (tha bowl shaped structure) These are ascomycetes and so produce their spores in an ascus. The ascospores are hyaline, ellipsoidal and smooth 23-26 x 11-17µ. Great images again, thankyou, but I'm not 100% sure of the species; happy to leave it as Cheilymenia sp. Teresa
Paul118 wrote:
   13 Jun 2018
Thanks for your detailed response Teresa. Sounds like it makes sense to leave it as Cheilymenia sp. I just went for C. raripila because of the resemblance of my specimen to that species in Fuhrer’s book. Rather neat looking things aren’t they? Who would have thought you ‘d find something so attractive in swampy poo?
Teresa wrote:
   13 Jun 2018
Many people think I'm nuts Paul, but I often pick poop up and bring it home, place it in moist chambers and see what I can grow. Some of the most attractive fungi grow on poop and the stories one can tell about them are totally enthralling eg Pilobolus sp. or the cap thrower; and there are some great Youtubes to watch on the topic also. Even koala poop grows some really attractive stuff. Never be afraid to look at poop. Mother Nature has so much to show us.....

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  • 16 - 100 Abundance
  • 12 Jun 2018 6:01 PM Recorded on
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