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Parasitic Tolypocladium

Tolypocladium longisegmentum

Description:

Solitary club-shaped mushrooms (several yards apart) with rounded, dome-shaped pilei that are dark brown to black with pore-like structures on the surface. Texture is somewhat gelatinous and moist. Older specimen's pileus is entirely black with a dry surface. Stipe is as follows: apex is pale to dirty yellow/gray. This color tapers to vibrant yellow towards base. Entire specimen is around 7.5 cm tall. All 3 specimens I found were between 6-8 cm. This is a first time spotting on Project Noah. Tolypocladium is a genus found in the Ophiocordycipitaceae family, a family of parastitic fungi. The Tolypocladium genus was once labeled "Elaphocordyceps" but was synonymized with Tolypocladium in 2014. Tolypocladium longisegmentum parasitizes Elaphomyces truffles in particular. Often confused with Tolypocladium capitatum, the two species can be differentiated via spore size and cap glossiness.

Habitat:

Growing (not in clusters) in multiple areas in deep leaf litter on the side of a ridge in a dense mixed hardwood/coniferous forest in Northwest Georgia (Gordon County), US. 12-17-17

Notes:

After I got this ID, I had so much regret that I didn't dig down further to find the Elaphomyces truffle host! I can't wait to go back to the same location to try to find more!

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12 Comments

flowntheloop
flowntheloop a year ago

Thank you, Christine!!

flowntheloop
flowntheloop a year ago

Oh my gosh! Thank you for the nomination!!

Christine Y.
Christine Y. a year ago

This was such a great find. Congrats on your nomination!

AshleyT
AshleyT a year ago

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated!

flowntheloop
flowntheloop a year ago

I thought so too, Mark! I saved the specimen, but I did not have any good blades available to attempt sectioning (I'm not very skilled with it yet)!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway a year ago

Wowsers.. that's a really interesting one! Did you section the cap?

flowntheloop
flowntheloop a year ago

I'm not sure how it would be implemented? Perhaps have a "Mission" just for this?

Christine Y.
Christine Y. a year ago

Great idea ;)

flowntheloop
flowntheloop a year ago

Sukanya, I would love that too! <3

SukanyaDatta
SukanyaDatta a year ago

Wow...I think we should have a patch for first spottings.👑

flowntheloop
flowntheloop a year ago

Thank you, Christine! I'm still excited about finding them!

Christine Y.
Christine Y. a year ago

Super cool! Congrats on the first spotting :)

Georgia, USA

Lat: 34.58, Long: -84.69

Spotted on Dec 17, 2017
Submitted on Dec 18, 2017

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