Species: Arcyria major (G. Lister) Ing
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Description:
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SPOROCARPS: short-stalked, crowded into large developments, up to 5 cm across, bright coral-pink, fading to dull reddish-brown when old, 2.5-3 mm total height. Hypothallus silvery, confluent.

STALK: red-brown, short, up to 0.3 mm long.

PERIDIUM: persisting as a shallow, funnel-shaped calyculus with a smooth margin , pleated , the inside coarsely papillate.

CAPILLITIUM: elastic, often forming a drooping plume 5-6 mm long which is easily blown out of the calyculus, tubules 2.5-3 µm diam., decorated with spirally arranged half rings.

 

SPORES: Almost colourless, densely verruculose and with groups of larger warts, 7.5-9.5 µm diam.

PLASMODIUM: White.

HABITAT: On dead wood.

DISTRIBUTION: Cosmopolitan, known from Auckland ,and Auckland Island only.

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Macro images:
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Arcyria majorScale bar 
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 Scale = mm.
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 Scale = mm.
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Micro images: 
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Capillitium: Decorated with spirally arranged half rings. Magnification = 1000x
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Capillitium: Magnification = 400x
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Spores: Densely verruculose and with groups of larger warts, 7.5-9.5 µm diam. Magnification = 1000x
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Capillitium: End that is swollen. Magnification = 1000x
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