Zacualtipan, Hidalgo, Mexico - 9/2/14

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  1. Alan Rockefeller

    Alan Rockefeller Moderator Moderator Expert Identifier

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    I had never been to the state of Hidalgo before, however I am working on a book on the bosque mesofilo (cloud forests) of Mexico and decided to visit all of them so I would have some idea what I am talking about.

    Alonso and I decided to head to Zacualtipan because it is the type location of Psilocybe fagicola. After driving all day we got out of the car in a nice looking oak forest and started looking for mushrooms. I sat down to photograph some Lactarius indigo, and Alonso heard the shutter and walked over to see what I had found. Just 5 feet from where I was sitting, he saw a little brown mushroom - A topotype collection of Psilocybe fagicola, just ten minutes after we arrived. Just a meter away was Psilocybe neoxalapensis. It started to rain so we found a place to camp out.

    The next morning we found a lot of cool stuff:

    Scleroderma citrinum

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    I played around with setting the microscope aperture really small and doing a 30 second exposure on the camera, and it turned out pretty well. Shows the reticulation on the spores better when the aperture is tiny.

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    Amanita solaniolens group


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    Entoloma sp.

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    The spores have a cool square shape, like grains of salt.

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    Amanita arocheae - The Latin American version of the death cap

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    Chlorociboria

    I need to measure the spores on this one to see which one it is.

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    Calostoma cinnabarinum

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    Panellus stipticus

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    With natural light

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    Panellus pusillus

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    Elaphocordyceps ophioglossoides

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    Hymenophore cross section 40x

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    Camarophyllopsis

    This isn't a genus I see every day, or even every year. The last time I saw it was 2009.

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    Cantharellus

    Tom Volk said that this was an undescribed species. It's unusually orange. I saved enough for a type collection.

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    Mycena

    Growing on both pine needles and oak leaves.

    This is the brightest bioluminescent species I have seen – The caps could clearly be seen glowing even with the lights on. They are almost as bright as glow sticks.

    I found these by walking slowly down a dark, cold, rainy and muddy road that was full of puddles at midnight with no flashlight.

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  2. eLShaMukO

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    the square spores are something else very cool indeed

    glowing mycena spores ? hahah

    great pictures Alan
     
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    those are amazing pics there alan, very impresive finds, those bio luminescent mushrooms are incredibly bright im amazed how much they glow even in the picture with the flash. Great pictures keep em coming :bravo:
     
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    MB3 more fun than a ferret in you

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    oh wow, that was a really beautiful assortment of pics
     
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    Lovely. Thanks!!
     
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    That was beautiful.
     
  7. mountainman61

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    Awesome as always, but those bio-luminescent species are the coolest! Wow! What I'd give to have a block of those growing.
     
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  8. Alan Rockefeller

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    You probably have them growing near you also - Check between 1000 and 2200 meters elevation. You just have to find a trail/road that is reasonably safe to walk on at night (no cliffs, etc). Turn off all flashlights and after 5 minutes you'll be able to see them. I found six species of bioluminescent Mycenas here - the world record for the most in one place is 8. Hoping to make this spot the world capital for bioluminescent mushrooms.


    I am sending out a bunch of caps in the hope that someone will be able to cultivate them. I think it shouldn't be too hard.




    Here's a few more pics of the bioluminescent Mycena:


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    Fantastic pictures. I'd love to have a little glowing garden :)
     
  10. pseudotsuga

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    Some stunning finds there Alan! That Entoloma and Camarophyllopsis are just as wild as the bioluminescent mycena. Really need to get myself down there next year, I thought the hunting the Rockies this year was great, but your mexico finds always are mindblowing and seem like a mycologists dream.