Naming issues with the Russian Leather Waxcap:

Okay, so, illustrated above is a mushroom that is common EVERY YEAR in our redwood forests throughout CA, and with other trees farther north.

It is called Camarophyllus russocoriaceus by almost everyone, and that name is good in the sense that everyone understands what you’re talking about: a small, waxy-cap like fungus, white overall sometimes with pink or yellow tones, and a strong odor of cedar.

However, that name originally refers to a European fungus, and as in so many cases, the name probably should not be applied to our entity in Western North America. 

Here’s the kicker, though: we already have a name for this. That’s right. A western North American collection of a mushroom matching this description was described as Hygrophorus lawrencei by Hesler and Smith way back when. So we are unnecessarily using a European name! Goddammit! Basically, my point is that the community of fungal enthusiasts has been somewhere between lazy/apathetic towards and understandably daunted/overwhelmed by the mass of names that could potentially refer to our North American species in cases where we’ve been using European names.

So I say - hit the books! Resurrect old names! Those with (Western) North American type collections should be used until proven otherwise. 

Oh, PS - these things aren’t really in either Hygrophorus, Hygrocybe, or Camarophyllus anymore. They’ve been shown to be in Cuphophyllus, but not transferred.

So, yeah, if you want to give an old-time mushroom taxonomist a migraine, walk up to them with this mushroom and mention that you’ve got a very typical collection of Cuphophyllus lawrencei. Sure to draw some stares/angry looks.

University in Europe vs. University in North America

So I am German and studying in France at the moment. Today I had a class with a Canadian lector and he asked one of us Germans and some Spaniards if we felt any difference in student life to our home countries. We didn’t really. And he was like: ” For me the difference is huge. In Canada and the States there are always students on campus. You guys are just… gone at the end of the day! And you are so relaxed! Canadian and American students are so stressed out by their studies! ” As I was feeling uncommunicative I didn’t point out that I would also be very stressed out if I had to pay thousand of bucks to attend university. But yeah free education rules. Go Europe.
See the gamut of Vrykul afterlife in a Legion dungeon race this Tuesday - Michael Mitchell
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One of the most interesting-sounding dungeons revealed back during Gamescom was the Helheim dungeon, Maw of Souls. Described as a ride on a ghost ship through the Vrykul equivalent of Hell, the dungeon piqued many players’ curiosities (and possibly brought back bad memories of Hans and Franz). While we’ve already had our own shot at Helheim’s polar opposite, the Halls of Valor, Blizzard has decided to reveal the Maw of Souls in style, with a North America vs. Europe dungeon race!

What’s more, the Legion dungeon race is themed around the Vrykul afterlife and features some of the biggest names in World of Warcraft community. (No, it’s not us. We were likely too hardcore for this considering our dungeoneering history). Full details after the break!

The Legion dungeon race will begin Tuesday, February 9th at 3:00 p.m. PST and will take place over at The European team will consist of Treckie, Bellular, Qelric, and Alex and Loz of FatbossTV, while the North American team will consist of Towelliee, Killars, Monkioh, and Tattva and Tovo of Line of Sight Gaming. Assistant Game Director Ion “Watcher” Hazzikostas and Community Manager Josh “Lore” Allen will be tagging along to provide commentary as each team races through the dungeons.

If you’re not familiar with some of the names, Blizzard has been kind enough to link to their respective Twitch/YouTube pages on the official dungeon-race announcement page. And if you’re ever interested in seeing both scheduled and impromptu dungeon runs from your favorite Blizzard Watchers, be sure to follow us over on!