Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Cullaloe Velvetshank

Flammulina velutipes - another welcome fungal addition to the Cullaloe fungal flora

Monday, 29 December 2014

Tubulicrinis subulatus

A corticioid fungus from pine in the woodland, 19th December

Like fallen snow

Cystidia easily visible at low magnification

Spores @ x1000
Cystidia with encrustation

Sunday, 28 December 2014

Vascular surprise

The one thing I wasn't expecting on an outing to Cullaloe on the 28th December was to find a new vascular plant, but under the Willows, where I was searching for fungi, there they were - two serious bushes of Tutsan (Hypericum androsaemum) - not only a new species for the year but new to the reserve list! I did also find Fragrant Funnel (Clitocybe fragrans) and Blueing Bracket (Postia subcaesia), and an as-yet-undetermined corticioid fungus, but this was definitely a bonus.

Friday, 12 December 2014


Shaken from Rhytidiadelphus squarrosus under the pines yesterday, I reckon this springtail is most likely Isotomurus palustris based on its setae.I'd like to see more pattern on it ideally, but I can have another look

Here's a nice illustrated key: Collembola key

Thursday, 11 December 2014

New species - from 2013!

iRecord mollusc records have been examined and a mis-identified slug has turned out to be a new species for the reserve - Arion distinctus, or Brown Soil Slug. Here's a photo of said slug basking in the middle of a toadstool. Bonus points for identifiying the toadstool.

Wednesday, 10 December 2014


That's it - no more people on the reserve. I'm locking the gates I swear!

Monday, 8 December 2014

Distribution of records across taxa

Approaching 650 species for the year, which will be a nice round number. Still unfinished business with lichens and maybe now spiders, but in reality there will probably be enough fungi to reach that target of three more species. If I could reach my target of three ferns and 5 lichens that would be nice! I'm also two short of 150 target for flowering plants.

Taxon Group Recs Taxa
acarine 1 1
amphibian 4 2
bird 94 82
centipede 1 1
conifer 1 1
crustacean 2 2
fern 4 2
flowering plant 231 148
fungus 77 67
harvestman 1 1
horsetail 5 2
insect - Coleoptera 24 19
i - butterfly 35 13
i - Odonata 3 3
i - Dermaptera 1 1
i - Hymenoptera 14 11
i - Moth 267 122
i - Orthoptera 1 1
i - Mecoptera 1 1
i - Plecoptera 2 2
i - Hemiptera 8 8
i - Diptera 245 57
lichen 4 4
liverwort 19 13
millipede 4 3
mollusc 3 3
moss 99 68
slime mould 2 2
spider (Araneae) 5 4
terr. mammal 7 3

1164 647

Spider - Segestria senoculata

Not from Cullaloe, but from my kitchen sink. Still interesting though, I hope. Back fresh from a spider workshop on Saturday I used my new-found techniques to play with this little guy, who appears to be new to NT19. It may also be the second record for Fife. Usual NBN caveats apply.

Ironically the only other record from Fife is one GC picked up at Cullaloe!A more sensible map from SRS features at the bottom. Clearly the Cullaloe record didn't come from SRS, and I'm inclined to think there's an issue here which may take some time to get to the bottom of.

Patterned abdomen

Lanterny male palps

Spiny metatarsus

NBN range map

Thursday, 4 December 2014


Finally caught up with both Grey Squirrel and Treecreeper this morning while on a fungal foray. And not before time! Some fungi were also gathered, some of which will hopefully go on to be identified. They include this bruiser from below the pines:

Amanita cecili, Snakeskin Grisette