Just an update on Emily's “not so Scarlet Elf Cup”, found in Di's wood near Llanllwch.
Phillip has checked over previous issues of “Field Mycology” and notes:
“This is a splendid find ---- last Tues I dug deep into my memory but did not reach the folder/file in time. Vague memories of a 'white' Elfcup. This is Sarcoscypha austriaca var lutea first described from Austria 1999 -- first UK record from N.Wales 27.2.2005 then N.Somerset in Jan 2008 and Denbeigh, n.Wales 2011. No other records I can see. I expect 'birders' would call this a 'leutistic' form as it seems to be a lack of certain chemical pigments (carotein etc) that would give the 'scarlet' colour otherwise just like a 'normal' fb. ”.
Philip has the relevant volumes of “Field Mycology”, should you be interested, and well done to Emily and Di.
I have put the species name in the post title above and have listed the photos again below - in case anyone out there in cyberspace should be looking for examples.