Pegler, D.N., Laessoe, T. & Spooner, B.M., 1995
British Puffballs, Earthstars & Stinkhorns
Nicely presented work with very complete descriptions and excellent colour photographs.
The introduction contains a useful table of habitat preferences (p11-12).
The first key (p19) is to old-style orders and families, but these groups are well known so this will rarely be needed. It is followed by the orders, each with a short account, followed by a key to families, and so on. The final keys to species are followed by very full species accounts with a colour photograph and line drawings of microscopy.
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|Comments and Corrigenda
||Incorrect page numbers in the key on page 19.
The same couplet is repeated slightly differently in some keys, eg couplet 2 on p19 is different from its equivalent in the key on page 56.
||All the British species of basidiomycete gasteromycetes, including exotics and historical records, known at the time.
||A good colour photograph and line drawings of the microscopy accompany each species entry.
||In the Hand (also useful to examine under a Compound Microscope).
||The keys to genera mainly use macroscopic characters, but microscopic examination of spores and capillitium is often required at species level. A wetting agent, eg alcohol or dilute detergent is useful to wet the spores and capillitium. Cotton blue helps to show capillitial characters.
||Mostly straightforward, although Scleroderma, Geastrum and Lycoperdon require care.