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False Truffle

Zelleromyces sp.


Bright orange nodular fungi partially exposed in damp soil. The nodules were lobulated and hard. The largest was about 15 mm across.


Spotted at the base of a huge eucalypt. Possibly exposed by birds scratching the soil for food- Dandenong Ranges National Park (Sherbrooke Forest). Map location -approximate


These false truffles are said to have a white latex-like exudate when cut. I did not want to disturb them so left them covered in soil. An exciting find !
For some great information on hypogeous fungi in Australia please read
These fungi come in various colours and consistency.
Family: Russulaceae

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Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway a week ago

Ha Ha Tukup, You're welcome. I think I have the lyrebirds to thank - they've been scratching out some of the top soil layers. Almost walked past these but the bright colour was something i couldn't miss.
My motto - take shots of everything unusual/strange and it will turn out to be something interesting.
BTW, I've never seen a truffle real or fake before now !

Tukup 2 weeks ago

If you say so :-) I wouldn't know a false truffle from a real one, having never seen a truffle. I'm beginning to think the fungi group must be huge. They are really interesting. Thanks for sharing this Leuba. "Eagle Eye?? :-)

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 2 weeks ago

Old eagle-eye. Nice find.

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 2 weeks ago

Thanks Saturniidae27. It was like finding gold for me ! I've read about these things but neve thought I'd find some.

Saturniidae27 2 weeks ago

Nice spotting Leuba. Looks like gold :)

Leuba Ridgway
Spotted by
Leuba Ridgway

Victoria, Australia

Spotted on May 22, 2020
Submitted on May 23, 2020

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