Fungi Outer Hebrides

Phylum: Basidiomycota   Family: Cortinariaceae

Galerina hypnorum  (Schrank) Kühner

Moss Bell

A variable and confused species definition by virtue of the leading authors having different interpretations. The main questions - are the spores smooth and calyptrate or not? I follow Smith & Singer here as they fit better with the collections I have examined. We may have a species complex, but I suspect two different species are being described. The other is possibly Galerina calyptrospora which has been synonymised on the British checklist with G. hypnorum. I agree with Funga Nordica that it's a good species with pronounced calyptration and larger spores. Because of the confusion its distribution is not clear

Determiner: 
Chris Johnson

References: 
Smith & Singer (1964) A Monograph of the Genus Galerina
Breitenbach & Kranzlin (2000) Fungi of Switzerland, Volume 5, Agarics, 3rd Part
Hann & Walleyn (2002) Studies in Galerina. Galerinae Flandriae (1)
Gulden (2010) Galerinas in Cold Climates
Knudsen & Vesterholt, editors (2012) Funga Nordica

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