WPMC attend the third BioBlitz held by Phipps Conservatory in Schenley Park. There was some early rain but the weather did not follow some of the forecasting and the really heavy rain stayed away until after the event. We held two walks in the afternoon attended by about 25 people total. We took the first group down to Panther Hollow finding a variety of species including many of the smaller specimens like the  slime molds and small ascomycetes Eyelash Cup mushrooms.  The second walk was around mature oaks surrounded by grass in the park opposite Phipps where we found the larger mycorrhizal species. There were a number of species that had not been previously identified by the club before. Many of the mycorrhizal species seem to be about 3 weeks ahead of an average season. I have only seen the Amanita minutula (nom provisional) at Harrison Hills park so it was great to find it at a different location. We had had enough time during the day to ID a red capped Russula that falls to bits when you pick it up, Russula tenuiceps, this was new to us but probably grows everywhere. We also identified Inocybe unicolor which was formally known as Inocybe caesariata but that’s the European name.

Species list entered by Richard Jacob. Species identified by Richard Jacob, Jim Wasik and LaMonte Yarroll.

List of species found on the walk at Phipps BioBlitz:
Amanita amerirubescens (),
Amanita cokeri (Coker’s Amanita),
Amanita flavoconia (Yellow Patches),
Amanita minutula (),
Bjerkandera adusta (Smoky Polypore),
Boletus subvelutipes (Red-Mouth Bolete),
Ceratiomyxa fruticulosa (Coral Slime),
Crucibulum laeve (White-egg Bird’s-nest Fungus),
Cyathus striatus (Splash Cups),
Datronia mollis (),
Exidia recisa (Brown jelly roll),
Ganoderma applanatum (Artist’s Conk),
Gloeoporus dichrous (),
Hypomyces hyalinus (Amanita Mold),
Inocybe rimosa (Straw-colored Fiber-head),
Lactarius quietus var. incanus (),
Laetiporus sulphureus (Chicken Mushroom; Sulphur Shelf),
Leucogloea compressa (),
Lycogala epidendrum (Wolf’s Milk Slime),
Marasmius pulcherripes (),
Marasmius rotula (Pinwheel Marasmius),
Panaeolus foenisecii (The Lawn Mowers Mushroom),
Panus conchatus (),
Phellinus robiniae (),
Pleurocybella porrigens (Angel-wing Mushroom),
Polyporus elegans (Elegant Polypore),
Psathyrella candolleana (),
Resupinatus applicatus (Black Jelly Oyster),
Russula mariae (Purple-bloom Russula),
Russula vinacea (),
Ruzenia spermoides (),
Schizophyllum commune (Split Gill),
Scutellinia scutellata (Reddish Eyelash Cup),
Stereum complicatum (Crowded Parchment),
Stereum ostrea (False Turkey-tail),
Tylopilus ferrugineus (),
Trametes versicolor (Turkey-tail)

Species not currently on clubs life list:
Inocybe unicolor (),
Xylaria vasconica (),
Russula tenuiceps (),
Small white Coprinus at base of plant.
Small red Russula sp,
Yellowish Russula sp,

Pictures by Richard Jacob