Scutellinia erinaceus

Scientific name:  Scutellinia erinaceus (Schweinitz) Kuntze
Derivation of name:  Erinace- pertains to a hedgehog.
Synonyms:  Patella setosa; Scutellinia setosa
Common name(s):  Orange eyelash cup
Phylum:  Ascomycota
Order:   Pezizales
Family:   Pyronemataceae
Occurrence on wood substrate: Saprobic; clustered on
decaying wood of deciduous trees; July through October. 
Dimensions: Fruit bodies are 1.5-3 (4) mm in diameter.   
Sterile outer surface:  Dull brownish-orange with a fringe
of long brown hairs around the perimeter of the cup. These
marginal hairs are less than 1 mm long.       
Fertile inner surface: Yellowish to pale orange-yellow
when young to dull orange at maturity.
Edibility: Inedible.
Comments:  According to Denison, the combination of small
size, gregarious habit and yellowish pigmentation make this the
easiest member of the genus to identify in the field. Small
speciemns of Scutellinia scutellata usually have a deeper red

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Figure 1. Scutellinia erinaceus clustered on decaying
wood. These specimens were collected and identified at a
NEMF foray. Photo © Gary Emberger.

Figure 2. Orange eyelash cup on decaying hardwood.
Scutellinia erinaceus may sometimes be difficult to
distinguish from Scutellinia scutellata with confidence.
The two species differ in color, size, gregariousness, and
length of "eyelashes." Photo © John Dawson.

Figure 3. Gregarious habit and distinctly yellowish
pigmentation of these speciemens aid in field identification.
Photo © John Plischke III.

Figure 4. Scutellinia erinaceus. Photo © George Barron.


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