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I love your series photos. They're extremely valuable in understanding how such a fungus forms.
haven't checked my noah account for a long time and it's surprising to see all these suggestions. : ) Thank you guys.
Ha ha! This one must have set a new record for suggestions. gully.moy is right. Colus sp. is the best ID.
Whatever it is, it's really cool!
In my opinion, you're all wrong! I believe that it's a Colus species based on the locality and the texture of the flesh. If you look at Clathrus species the flesh that makes up the lattice is flabby and much less well defined. Pseudocolus is more similar but then the shape is wrong.As to which Colus species, at present mycologists do not completely agree on how they are defined so we have no hope of knowing for sure. So I think it would be sensible to leave it at 'Colus species'.http://www.mushroomexpert.com/colus_pusi...
Yes, it is a lattice stinkhorn. Beautiful but smelly. The stinkhorns are mushrooms but instead of dispersing spores in the wind, the "tar" on the inside attracts flies which will come and take the spores with them.
auntnance123 & lynne.warren, thank you for your ID suggestions. But I'm not sure sure about about the two IDs. :) I've added here two photos. I hope these can help. :)
Columned stinkhorn tends to grow on sandy soil while Stinky Squid tends to grow in soil.
Spotted on Sep 16, 2012 Submitted on Sep 16, 2012
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