Pseudoboletus parasiticus is unlikely to be confused with any other species, because it occurs only with the common earthball, Scleroderma citrinum. Young caps are hemispherical and downy, becoming smooth and expanding as the fruiting bodies mature. When fully expanded, the caps of Pseudoboletus parasiticus range from 2 to 6 cm in diameter. The cap surface is greasy in wet weather but often becomes cracked in dry weather, revealing the thick pallid flesh beneath the cuticle. Large tubes terminate in angular olive pores that are at first yellow but darken through olive to olive-brown as the fruiting body matures. When cut or bruised, neither the tubes nor the pores change colour appreciably, and there is no hint of bluing. Because it emerges from beneath a common earthball, the stem of the parasitic bolete is invariably curved. Olive or sienna, the stem tapers in towards the base, its pale lemon flesh does not change colour upon exposure to air. Between 1 to 2 cm in diameter at the mid point, the stem is typically 3 to 6 cm long and has no stem ring.
For the developers at New York start-up Networked Organisms, smartphones are the butterfly nets of the 21st Century. Their tool, Project Noah, lets people upload photos of plants and wildlife around them, creating a map of the natural world and contributing to scientific research in the process.
Bespectacled scientists of yore would carry around hefty field guides, made up of hundreds of pages of text and photos. But these days, smartphone owners have a lighter option: an app called Project Noah, which aims to help people identify plants and animals as well as collect data from "citizen scientists" about where certain species are located.
Project Noah enables us to be part of a more focused online community where we can learn more about wildlife around us and contribute to scientific research. It pulls participants into deeper, more meaningful engagement by enabling people to go on “missions” to collectively map changes based on sightings.
A modern invention that may also hold the key to saving species in the future. Project Noah is a global study that encourages nature lovers to document the wildlife they encounter, using a purpose built phone app and web community. In addition to the virtual "collection" of species, Project Noah encourages citizen science by linking up with existing surveys including the International Spider Survey and the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network.