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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.

Publisher Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (RBG (K))
Pages 255
ISBN 0 947643 81 8
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.
Coverage All the British species of basidiomycete gasteromycetes, including exotics and historical records, known at the time.
Illustrations A good colour photograph and line drawings of the microscopy accompany each species entry.
Identify In the Hand (also useful to examine under a Compound Microscope).
Specimen Prep. 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.
Difficulty Mostly straightforward, although Scleroderma, Geastrum and Lycoperdon require care.

Malcolm Storey

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