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Small, globular ball with a smooth, firm rind. Resembles a tiny potato. :) The rind was initially a tan/light brown color but gradually stained a mix of pink, purple, and brown the longer it was handled/exposed. Research has led me to believe that this is a kind of false truffle (possibly Geastrum fuscogleba?), but I definitely need help in making this a concrete ID.
Found beneath a rotting root of a hardwood tree, about 3-4 inches underground
As soon as I dug it out of the dirt, I cleaned it off by removing the thin outer layer that encased it (which was covered with dirt and peeled off cleanly), so unfortunately I don't have a photo of that. I then cut it in half: the outer layer/rind was fairly thick and firm, and the inside mass was bright white, with the center somewhat gelatinous. Next, I carefully removed the rind in chunks, revealing folds/crevices on the outer region of the inside mass, which had begun to lightly stain a faded pink-purple color.