A rare? zygomycete on dung

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A rare? zygomycete on dung

Post by Chris Yeates » Wed May 09, 2018 3:17 pm

I got rather excited when I spotted this tiny fungus on an incubated collection of roe deer dung. Under the dissecting microscope it looked intriguing, and under the compound scope its architectural splendour was revealed - the images scarcely do it justice.

It was a case of "I've seen pictures of this before" and checking Ellis & Ellis II and Richardson & Watling's Keys to Fungi on Dung soon ran it down:
Coemansia erecta.jpg
The few previous records seem to boil down to five discrete sites: http://www.fieldmycology.net/FRDBI/FRDB ... GBNum=8532 As you can see from this DMAP map I've produced, this record would seem to provide a considerable jump north, though I might check with Mike Richardson whether he has any Scottish records, not on FRDBI.
Coemansia erecta 2.jpg
It is of course almost certainly overlooked, but may be genuinely rare. I know a few Continental mycologists who do a lot of work on coprophilic fungi, so will check with them what their experiences are.

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Re: A rare? zygomycete on dung

Post by mollisia » Wed May 09, 2018 5:34 pm

Hello,

not yet officially recorded in Germany ....

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Re: A rare? zygomycete on dung

Post by Flaxton » Wed May 09, 2018 9:41 pm

Excellent, well done Chris.

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Re: A rare? zygomycete on dung

Post by Chris Johnson » Thu May 10, 2018 6:53 am

Nice work, Chris.

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Re: A rare? zygomycete on dung

Post by Chris Yeates » Thu May 10, 2018 6:53 pm

Thanks for the kind comments. Enrique Rubio says it appears to be unrecorded in Spain, and Michel Delpont doesn't know it from France either, although it has occurred there - the type location appears to have been from the Paris area - see:
https://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/page/34219195.

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Re: A rare? zygomycete on dung

Post by Chris Yeates » Mon May 14, 2018 9:22 pm

Nobert Heine has kindly got back to me from Germany. He tells me he has been studying dung fungi for 20 years, and has recorded over 300 species, but has never come across Coemansia erecta. So I think it has to be considered rare . . .

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