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5cm hard but velvety shapeless mass. No scent noted, no ribs or other structures. Dry. The leaf and stick are firmly held and did not move when pulled and pushed.


Leaf litter under the gum in image 4, remnant dry Sclerophyll forest, denuded soils and coastal ridge beside suburban housing. Heavily infested with invasive species and disturbed often


The leaves and twigs and humus had to be torn from the hard mass of the fungus to get a look at it. It has been placed back into the undergrowth and should prosper.

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Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 9 years ago

Now that I've seen the other photos and the pores on what I assume is the underside of the lumpy mass, I agree that this is not Fuligo septica. I will delete my suggestion.

kwalker 9 years ago

Thanks for your reply StephenSolomons. I understand your reasons. I work on native Australian bees and there is no guarantee that the tree I tag in flower this year will be in flower at the same time next year. The bees move around rather than being fixed to a particular location. BTW -- In BowerBird, there is an option to "Hide Your Location" from public view. Basically, it removes the minutes from the degrees which creates quite a wide area in which the species was found. Cheers Ken

StephenSolomons 9 years ago

Sorry kwalker. I have decided to limit my identifications to no closer than several kilometers as I believe the information may be misused to find and exploit some creatures

kwalker 9 years ago

Hi StephenSolomons -- I have just seen your wonderful image of fungus and was amazed.I would like to introduce you to a new Australian natural history website somewhat similar to project Noah called BowerBird. I have seen your wonderful image entries on Project Noah and your excellent identification skills and thought I would contact you. BTW -- I live in Melbourne Victoria.

I am on a mission to capture Australian Biodiversity for Australian Scientists to use to better understand our unique Australian biota.

I see so many wonderful images with associated GPS and date records. Records with GPS and Date are valuable scientific records which unfortunately I fear are being lost to science. I say "lost" because the information is not uploaded to the Australian National Biodiversity aggregator called "Atlas of Living Australia" (

ALA currently aggregates data from all Australian Museums and Herbaria and it is used extensively by Australian and overseas scientists - particular to model changes in our Australian environment.

Here is an example: You can ask ALA to display the distribution of a Koala and then overlay that with a distribution of its eucalyptus foodplant. Then using these distribution points, you can model a temperature change of 0.5 or 1 or 5C over the next 50 to 100 years and watch what happens to the distribution of the Koala and its foodplant. However, models are only as good as the original dataset and this is why I say that your local records should be made available to the general scientific community -- we call you a "Citizen Scientists" and we believe that most of the future biodiversity data will be generated by people like you -- you see something and your record it and it gets uploaded to the national dataset.

ALA commissioned me two years ago to build a website dedicated to Citizen Science - called BowerBird - which was recently on 10 May 2013. In nutshell, here is how BowerBird works:

- There are a series of "Projects" that are created by people.
- Anyone can join these Projects and form a community of like-minded interests sharing their finds
- Someone uploads an image(s) of something and add a location (GPS) and date to their images
- Anyone in the Project community can then help to identify it, or comment on it, or tell their own story about that species, or Vote for that image, or describe that species etc.
- If the images have been submitted under the Creative Commons License 3.0, then the images and GPS/Date data will be automatically uploaded to ALA and add a new dot on a map for that species.

BowerBird provides a social framework - just like a Field Naturalist Club - for members and their data is added to the National Biodiversity dataset.

I would be very keen to attract you to join BowerBird and to contribute across a wide range of animal and Plant Projects. You take such a variety of great fungal, insect and mammal photos.

Here is the URL to the BowerBird Fungal Images:

BTW -- The Victorian Herbarium FungiMap Project is now using BowerBird as its data collection point. We would love to have some of your fungal images on BowerBird.

Also, Argy Bee is a contributing member of BowerBird - so, come and join Argy! (:->!

Please do keep your Project Noah account but I do hope that you will consider sharing some of your wonderful sightings and knowledge with Australian Projects and Australian Scientists.

If you are interested, the BowerBird website is:

My name is Ken Walker ( ) and I a senior scientist at Museum Victoria and one of the 3 developed of BowerBird.

If you contact me, I will send you a BowerBird User Guide and offer to assist you where ever possible.

Thanks for your time and efforts.



StephenSolomons 9 years ago

four new images of this one Argy. It was very firmly grown into the leaf litter but it has been replaced.

StephenSolomons 9 years ago

I will see if I can find it again. I am not so troubled turning this one over it seems to be very well established in the twigs and leaves so it will not be nekkid :-)

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 9 years ago

Hi Stephen. The surface of F.septica changes enormously over just hours. However the way this form has expanded through the leaf litter and incorporated it on the way says fungi to me. If there were tons of pineneedles around I would suggest but it looks not the case. Searching for something similar... any chance you can get under shots sometime (dig for science!) ?

StephenSolomons 9 years ago

Thanks Leuba, From the images on Google Fuligo septica seems to have different surface texture and to sit on the surface in a different manner. I will keep looking to see if if I can find F septica that matches

StephenSolomons 9 years ago

Ha ha I call the area it was found in Dog Scat Ridge because of all the dogs walked there and the little presents they leave behind. Dog vomit slime will make me so happy :-D

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 9 years ago

Looks like Fuligo septica - Dog Vomit Slime Mold. Need to check to be certain, Stephen.

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Gosford, New South Wales, Australia

Spotted on Apr 17, 2013
Submitted on Apr 17, 2013

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