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  • "...lower border of flanks dull cinaceous buff, sometimes varying to a pale cream-buff with a slight vinaceous tinge;" -- Claude Teancum Barnes, Utah Mammals, 1927, p. 147.

    July 19, 2010

  • Typographical error for vinaceous, copied from:

    . . . lower border of flanks dull vinaceous buff, sometimes varying to pale cream buff with a slight vinaceous tinge; . . .

    --E. W. Nelson, 1909, North American Fauna 29: 138

    July 19, 2010

  • I do not believe that cinaceous is a typographical or scrivener's error of vinaceous. The term cinaceous indicates a variety of the color gray, as in ashes. Compare Spanish ceniza; See also Latin cinis, cineris, with the meaning "ashes, embers" and by extension, "spent love/hate; ruin, destruction; the grave/dead, cremation", as intimated by this online dictionary - a search for "ashes" yields this listing.

    As the particular fungus that is the subject of this reference matures, (prior to disintegrating) the fruiting body is described as "...pileus pinkish cinaceous then greyish becomming papillate..." Ad Polyporaceas, part V, by E.J.H. Corner, Cramer, 1991, p. 153.

    This term cinaceous aptly describes pinkish-gray wood-ash I have observed as well as a color present on birds I am familiar with.

    August 12, 2010