Psathyrella aquatica

Psathyrella aquatica
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Mycological characteristics
gills on hymenium
cap is convex
hymenium is free
ecology is saprotrophic
edibility: unknown

Psathyrella aquatica is a species of fungus from Oregon, described in the journal Mycologia in 2010.[1] It represents the first report of a gilled mushroom (Basidiomycota) fruiting underwater. It was found by Southern Oregon University professor Robert Coffan in the Rogue River in the U.S. state of Oregon.[2] Coffan found the mushroom in 2005, and his colleagues Darlene Southworth and Jonathan Frank in the biology department at Southern Oregon University confirmed that the mushroom was a unique discovery.[3] The mushroom appears to be quite strong and can stand up to fast-moving river currents.


  1. ^ Frank, Jonathan L.; Coffan, Robert A.; Southworth, Darlene (July 2009). "Aquatic gilled mushrooms: Psathyrella fruiting in the Rogue River in southern Oregon". Mycologia 102 (1): 93–107. doi:10.3852/07-190. PMID 20120233.  edit
  2. ^ "What Lies Beneath: A New Mushroom". Southern Oregon University College of Arts and Sciences. January 1, 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-08. 
  3. ^ (January 25, 2008). "US: Scientists discover new mushroom species in the Rogue Valley". FreshPlaza. Retrieved 2008-09-13. 
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