A mycologist friend of mine collected a fungus, Sepedonium ampullosporum, on a property in Wake County, NC and [posted it to iNat (https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/62153710). To id it to species requires examination of microscopic features. He was very surprised to find that iNat’s id suggestion was, in fact, Sepedonium ampullosporum.
He notes two aspects that make iNaturalist’s correct id truly remarkable:
- His record is the only one for S. ampullosporum in iNaturalist.
- The virtual impossibility of field id by a person, even a professional mycologist.
Does iNat pull photos from elsewhere, he wonders? Even then, there are not many photos out there of this fungus. For example, there are none on Mushroom Observer nor on MyCoPortal. (Species Fungorum lists no synonyms for the binomial.)
Anyone have any insights? As for me, I wonder if the singularity is nigh !