Home Forums PUBLIC DISCUSSION BOARD Scleroderma spores from Causey Arch 20th August 2016

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    Spore size without ornamentation. Spines were without interconecting ridges as far as I could tell. Perideum 1 mm thick (measurement only from one specimen).
    Ornamentation (0.8) 0.9 – 1.5 (1.7) µm N = 12 Me = 1.3 µm

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    I cant see any reason why it shouldn’t be Scleroderma verrucosum. Doug.

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    Thanks Doug. Yes, the spores seem to fit with verrucosum as described by FoS, vol 2 p384 under the entry for S.areolatum.

    “the most reliable differentiating feature is the size of the spores, which in S. verrucosum are 8-11.6 mm with spines 1-1.4 mm long (GROSS et al. 1980)”

    Macroscopically the outer surface of the perideum was quite smooth (without scales) which is a bit inconvenient. However, from the images I can find online it seems quite variable in appearance. I also read somewhere that it can shed its scales as it matures.

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    I stumbled across another couple of earthballs this week. Both have reticulated spores with bovista having a more complete network (easier to see than to photograph). Bovista also has a thinner perideum.

    Scleroderma citrinum spores

    Scleroderma bovista spores

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