Inwood Hill Park on January 2nd, fungi, snails & slugs, moss

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Thanks to the New York Mycological Society, there was an outing to Inwood Hill Park yesterday. My old friend Caterina Verde (whom I first met 40 years ago when we were both living in a loft building on Leonard Street in Tribeca) picked me up on my block and drove me up to Inwood Hill. We spent about 3 hours there until our energy ran out. It was my first visit to that park, so I was totally psyched.

The weather was very warm and dampish, in the low 50s, as it has been now for several weeks, and therefore it was very good weather for fungi. I also asked the NYMS members if they would please look out for snails and slugs, because, in the process of searching for fungi, I knew they would be turning over dead wood, and therefore they would be very likely to find terrestrial gastropods.

As per usual for me, I found several fungi that are plant pathogens. Of course all of us found a lot of "regular" fungi. It turned out that many of the species of regular fungi I found were species that I had seen before elsewhere (Randalls Island and Central Park), but nevertheless, several species I observed were entirely new to me:

Cramp Balls
Warlocks Butter
Witches Butter
Crimped Gill
Auricularia angiospermarum
Little Nest Polypore

I also found an attractive and new-to-me species of moss. This moss was very distinctive-looking, which was a pleasant surprise, as so many mosses are impossible for a beginner to ID:

Common Pocket-Moss, Fissidens taxifolius

As for the mollusks, altogether we found one land-snail species and four land-slug species, thanks to so much generous help in searching by so many of the NYMS members:

Discus rotundatus, the Round Snail
Agriolimax reticulatus, the Milky Slug
Limax maximus, the Leopard Slug -- the first time I have encountered live specimens of that species in NYC
Arion hortensis, the Garden Arion -- orange sole
Hortensis-group Arion Slugs -- juveniles, but the foot mucus was colorless
Mesarion sp. -- the first time I have found Mesarion in the US

And one person found a cluster of gastropod eggs inside a decaying log. The eggs were somewhat large, so I suspect they were from Limax maximus.

All in all I had a wonderful time. It was really great to spend all that time with Caterina and the NYMS folks, and wonderful to visit Inwood Hill Park for the first time.
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Posted by susanhewitt susanhewitt, January 03, 2022 14:00

Observations

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Bark Mycena (Mycena corticola)

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susanhewitt

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January 2, 2022 11:24 AM EST

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Rounded Snail (Discus rotundatus)

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susanhewitt

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January 2, 2022 11:26 AM EST

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Common Striped Woodlouse (Philoscia muscorum)

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susanhewitt

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January 2, 2022 11:27 AM EST

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Snake Millipedes (Order Julida)

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susanhewitt

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January 2, 2022 11:30 AM EST

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Warlocks's Butter (Exidia nigricans)

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susanhewitt

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January 2, 2022 11:32 AM EST

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Witch's Butter (Tremella mesenterica)

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susanhewitt

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January 2, 2022 11:35 AM EST

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Crowded Parchment (Stereum complicatum)

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susanhewitt

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January 2, 2022 11:36 AM EST

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Giraffe Spots (Peniophora albobadia)

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susanhewitt

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January 2, 2022 11:39 AM EST

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Garden Arion (Arion hortensis)

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susanhewitt

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January 2, 2022 11:41 AM EST

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Brittlestems (Genus Psathyrella)

Observer

susanhewitt

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January 2, 2022 11:43 AM EST

Description

On the ground

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Hortensis-group Arion Slugs (Subgenus Kobeltia)

Observer

susanhewitt

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January 2, 2022 11:47 AM EST

Description

They had colorless mucus on the sole of the foot.

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Garden Arion (Arion hortensis)

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susanhewitt

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January 2, 2022 11:49 AM EST

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Blewit (Lepista nuda)

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susanhewitt

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January 2, 2022 11:57 AM EST

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American Amber Jelly Fungus (Exidia crenata)

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susanhewitt

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January 2, 2022 11:58 AM EST

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Milky Slug (Deroceras reticulatum)

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susanhewitt

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January 2, 2022 12:00 PM EST

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Rounded Snail (Discus rotundatus)

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susanhewitt

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January 2, 2022 12:06 PM EST

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Crowded Parchment (Stereum complicatum)

Observer

susanhewitt

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January 2, 2022 12:06 PM EST

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Leopard Slug (Limax maximus)

Observer

susanhewitt

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January 2, 2022 12:10 PM EST

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Dusky Slugs (Subgenus Mesarion)

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susanhewitt

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January 2, 2022 12:35 PM EST

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Dusky Slugs (Subgenus Mesarion)

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susanhewitt

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January 2, 2022 12:38 PM EST

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Crimped Gill (Plicaturopsis crispa)

Observer

susanhewitt

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January 2, 2022 12:38 PM EST

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Splitgill Mushroom (Schizophyllum commune)

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susanhewitt

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January 2, 2022 12:45 PM EST

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Leopard Slug (Limax maximus)

Observer

susanhewitt

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January 2, 2022 12:49 PM EST

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susanhewitt

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January 2, 2022 12:55 PM EST

Description

On undersurface only of Beech leaves.

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Smoked Oysterling (Resupinatus applicatus)

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susanhewitt

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January 2, 2022 12:59 PM EST

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susanhewitt

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January 2, 2022 01:05 PM EST

Description

??

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Little Nest Polypore (Trametes conchifer)

Observer

susanhewitt

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January 2, 2022 01:09 PM EST

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Rounded Snail (Discus rotundatus)

Observer

susanhewitt

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January 2, 2022 01:10 PM EST

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Lumpy Bracket (Trametes gibbosa)

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susanhewitt

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January 2, 2022 01:13 PM EST

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Velvet Foot (Flammulina velutipes)

Observer

susanhewitt

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January 2, 2022 01:18 PM EST

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Bonnets (Genus Mycena)

Observer

susanhewitt

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January 2, 2022 01:24 PM EST

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Observer

susanhewitt

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January 2, 2022 01:26 PM EST

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Common Land Snails and Slugs (Order Stylommatophora)

Observer

susanhewitt

Date

January 2, 2022 01:27 PM EST

Description

Inside a rotting, falling-apart log.

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Common Pocket-Moss (Fissidens taxifolius)

Observer

susanhewitt

Date

January 2, 2022 01:41 PM EST

Description

Right in the middle of the path on the side of a clod of earth that was stuck to a chunk of asphalt that is the broken remains of what was once a solid-surfaced road-like path.

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Bonnets (Genus Mycena)

Observer

susanhewitt

Date

January 2, 2022 01:48 PM EST

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China Rose (Rosa chinensis)

Observer

susanhewitt

Date

January 2, 2022 02:05 PM EST

Description

I could not resist photographing this perfect yellow rose blooming on January 2nd.

Comments

@steven-cyclist -- it was a great day.

@sigridjakob -- thanks again so much!

@srosenthal -- terrestrial mollusks and lots of them.

Posted by susanhewitt 6 months ago (Flag)

Hey @susanhewitt, visit Van Cortlandt Park; you'll want to spend a whole day there!

Posted by beniiiii 6 months ago (Flag)

I will tell my friend Caterina that we need to go there.

Posted by susanhewitt 6 months ago (Flag)

Great post and pictures - thank you for sharing your knowledge of mollusks and fungal pathogens!

Posted by sigridjakob 6 months ago (Flag)

Thanks Sigrid. None of it would have been possible without you!

Posted by susanhewitt 6 months ago (Flag)

I could not resist photographing the lovely yellow rose in full bloom in January.

Posted by susanhewitt 4 months ago (Flag)

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