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Underwater Mushroom

Underwater Mushroom

Top 10 New Species of 2011

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(Headwaters of the Rogue River; three specimens braving the current; two specimens braving the current - photographs © Robert Coffan)

Name: Psathyrella aquatica

Common Name: Rogue mushroom

Family: Psathyrellaceae

How it made the Top 10: First report of a mushroom species fruiting underwater.

Reference: Frank, J.L., R.A. Coffan and D. Southworth. 2010. Aquatic gilled mushrooms: Psathyrella fruiting in the Rogue River in southern Oregon. Mycologia 102(1):93-107.

Type Material: Holotype – University of Michigan Fungus Collection (MICH), Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA.

Type Locality: USA, Oregon, Jackson County, north of Prospect.

Etymology: In reference to the aquatic habitat.

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