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Dung-loving Bird's Nest Fungi

Cyathus stercoreus


Small fungi about 6 mm in diameter at the mouth with a free-form basket shape. The outter rim is white. The side view (second image) shows that the fungi extends below the ground a little like a tube. The last image shows the size and distance between the three fungi. As Leuba pointed out in the comments, there are peridioles inside one of them as shown in the third an fourth images.


Backyard garden in hard packed dirt with partial shade. This area is where the dogs like to relieve themselves :)

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Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 4 years ago

Gosh well spotted Leuba. Can I have my glasses back now please.

Sure looks like it! These were in an area where the dogs like to "go" so it makes sense. Size and distribution check out so I'm good with Cyathus stercoreus. Thank you again!

Great eye, Leuba! Wow I didn't even notice. Now that I look closely, the last image shows at least one of them on the ground. Thank you!

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 4 years ago

Looks like birds nest fungus - I can see three squashed peridioles in the third photo. If they are unusual - very interesting Cindy !

Many things about Cali scare me ;) There are many things that need to change!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 4 years ago

And you're all so dependent upon energy and water from so far away. Hope the systems hold up. In terms of sustainability Cal scares me a bit.

So sad! Our native plants are struggling here as well. The drought in Cali is thought to be the worst in 1200 years. Depressing indeed!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 4 years ago

Oh no you guys too! They've only just admitted here that a city the size of Melbourne is creating it's own climate problems and rain shadow and we're right in it. Large trees dying from lack of water is so depressing to see.

Definitely could be! Well any rain event here is kind of unusual these days ;)
There was rain a couple weeks ago and a good one a couple weeks before that. Glad to have it although it won't be enough to get us out of this drought.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 4 years ago

Fascinating. Some Ascomycete I suppose maybe like Helvellaceae. Had an unusual rain event in the last few weeks?

California, USA

Lat: 33.14, Long: -117.05

Spotted on Feb 9, 2015
Submitted on Feb 9, 2015


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