Mycena at Tophill proves to be a scarcity

Mycena coccinea Tophill Low NR, East Yorkshire November 2015

Back in early November, surveying around Tophill Low NR, East Yorkshire, Doug Fairweather came across this tiny, but stunning little Mycena fungi – one of a notoriously difficult group to identify.

Taking on the challenge, Doug identified it as Mycena coccinea – a species rarely recorded in Britain.

The identification of M. coccinea is far from straightforward. Much of the current literature that features the species lists it as M. adonis var coccinea (Quel.), Kuhner (1938). However, as with many taxa there have been changes, and the species has now returned to the original classification of M. coccinea (Quel.) (1880).

Mycena coccinea Tophill Low NR, East Yorkshire November 2015

The identification of this specimen at Tophill Low NR means there are now 23 accepted British records of the species in the ABFG database, and Doug’s record and photos featured in the recent edition of The Forayer, the magazine of the ABFG.

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