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Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Crepidotus mollis (perhaps?)

Peeling Oysterling

These have appeared on the same (Oak) Habitat pile for the last couple of years. They are larger than the C. variabilis which is one of the commonest species in the wood, and are easily distinguished by the slimy, or gelatinous surface of the cap.

However, some authorities appear to consider the scaly form (such as these) to be a separate species Crepidotus calolepis
Others assert it is simply a scaly form of C. mollis. 
Which is correct - I have no idea?

1 comment:

  1. This is great. There has been much debate about this for years. Alick Henrici writing in the most recent Field Mycology confirms that there are two species the difference being in the cap hyphae --- those of 'calolepis' are encrusted and those of 'mollis' are smoothe with few encrustations. Tony has encrusted hyphae. I shall Blog copies of pictures from Field Mycolgy.