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Sarcosoma spp. (Sarcosoma globosum)
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Sarcosoma spp. fact file
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Sarcosoma spp. description
Sarcosoma globosum is a fungus that produces large, cup-shaped fruiting bodies. These barrels are dark brown to black in colour (2); the stipe (or stem) is wrinkled, whilst the inside of the cup has a jelly-like texture (3).
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Sarcosoma spp. biology
The highly distinctive, barrel-shaped fruiting bodies are found between early spring and early summer (4).
Fungi are an enormous group of organisms that are so distinctive from both plants and animals that they are placed in their own kingdom. The main body of the fungus is composed of a multitude of microscopic threads (known as ‘hyphae’) which are located within the substrate (5). The fruiting body (such as the more familiar mushroom or toadstool) is produced to release spores and thus allows reproduction to occur. Fungi feed by absorbing nutrients from their surroundings.Top
Sarcosoma spp. range
This fungus is known from parts of North America and Europe. In the latter, it is particularly rare in northern countries (2).Top
Sarcosoma spp. habitat
Sarcosoma globosum inhabits the forest floor of old spruce forests (2).Top
Sarcosoma spp. status
Short-listed for inclusion in the Bern Convention by the European Council for Conservation of Fungi (ECCF), and included on the Red Lists of 10 European countries (3).Top
Sarcosoma spp. threats
This species of fungus is threatened by forestry practices that destroy the old-growth forests within which it is found; these include clear-cutting and the removal of soil (2).Top
Sarcosoma spp. conservation
Sarcosoma globosum is a candidate species for listing in Appendix I of the Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats, otherwise known as the Bern Convention (3) (4). Other suggested conservation measures include the conservation of known forests and the mapping of the distribution of this species (2).Top
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- Microscopic particles involved in both dispersal and reproduction. They comprise a single or group of unspecialised cells and do not contain an embryo, as do seeds.
- National Biodiversity Network, Species Dictionary (July, 2003) http://www.nhm.ac.uk/nbn/
- European Council for Conservation of Fungi (ECCF) (2001) Datasheets of threatened mushrooms of Europe, candidates for listing in Appendix I of the Convention. Bern Convention Standing Committee. http://www.nature.coe.int/CP21/tpvs34e.htm
- The distribution, status and habitat requirement of the 33 fungal candidates for listing in Appendix I of the Bern Convention. (June 2003) http://www.artdata.slu.se/Bern_Fungi/Bern_Fungi.htm
- Bern Convention (June, 2003) http://www.nature.coe.int/english/cadres/bern.htm
- Pegler, D. & Spooner, B. (1992) The Mushroom Identifier. Apple Press, London.
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