Nature School Game Contact Blog Project Noah Facebook Project Noah Twitter

A global citizen science platform
to discover, share and identify wildlife

Join Project Noah!
nature school apple icon

Nature School For Teachers - Fall 2020 Launch! visit nature school

Peeling Puffball

Lycoperdon marginatum


Peeling puffballs found after days of rain, the largest of which peeling back to show the underskin. In this moisture, it looks like a dough ball.


Mixed forest, light rain, Ozark Highlands, 45°F/5°C. Found on a ridge and trail high above town. It had been cold and steadily raining for three or four days.

Species ID Suggestions

Sign in to suggest organism ID


Matthew Hammond
Matthew Hammond 11 months ago

I'm pretty sure you both are right. I dismissed them when I first saw them because the pictures I'd seen, the cracking and peeling was so varied and the patches were smaller, but I'd wager it was peeling so uniform because of the moisture--it'd been raining in that area for days before I found it. Thank you so much for the information!

Zlatan Celebic
Zlatan Celebic 11 months ago

I echo what Machi said - check here:

Machi 11 months ago

Interesting.. I have never seen a puffball do this.. I do agree with taking a second look at the ID since my first idea when I saw this was Lycoperdon marginatum.

Matthew Hammond
Matthew Hammond 11 months ago

You have a point! I will drop it down to genus until I can find more specific info.

Zlatan Celebic
Zlatan Celebic 11 months ago

Could this be some other Lycoperdon? like L. echinatum or L. pulcherrimum? I never saw the Common puffball peal off like this... and these spines looks more sturdy than what I saw on L. perlatum...

Matthew Hammond
Spotted by
Matthew Hammond

Arkansas, USA

Spotted on Oct 26, 2019
Submitted on Nov 6, 2019

Related Spottings

Lycoperdon perlatum Puffball Lycoperdon Common Puffball (Devil's Snuffbox )

Nearby Spottings

Waxcaps Leaf Miner Eastern Yellowjacket Jagged Ambush Bug
Noah Guardians
Noah Sponsors