FungusPhallus rubicundus

1 A stinkhorn fungus at Acton, ACT

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Phallus rubicundus at Acton, ACT - 20 Apr 2017
Phallus rubicundus at Acton, ACT - 20 Apr 2017
Phallus rubicundus at Acton, ACT - 20 Apr 2017

Identification history

Fungus Phallus rubicundus 20 Apr 2017 HeinoFounding Explorer - Heino joined us in 2014! Confirmed
Fungus Phallus rubicundus 20 Apr 2017 HeinoFounding Explorer - Heino joined us in 2014! Suggested
Fungus Anthurus archeri 20 Apr 2017 AaronClausenMultiple Significant Sightings - AaronClausen has made multiple, recognised, significant sightings and is a true NatureMapr!Ultra Reporter - AaronClausen has reported over 500 sightings!Founding Explorer - AaronClausen joined us in 2014! Suggested
Unidentified 20 Apr 2017 AaronClausenMultiple Significant Sightings - AaronClausen has made multiple, recognised, significant sightings and is a true NatureMapr!Ultra Reporter - AaronClausen has reported over 500 sightings!Founding Explorer - AaronClausen joined us in 2014! Pending ID

4 comments

HeinoFounding Explorer - Heino joined us in 2014! wrote:
   20 Apr 2017
This, like Anthurus, is a stinkhorn. There's a smelly spore slime on the closely attached cap at the top and there's the same red colouring as in Anthurus. So, there's a visual and smell cue to attract carrion or dung-loving invertebrates that act as spore dispersers. I've seen it in various parts of Canberra and usually singly.
   20 Apr 2017
Thanks very much Heino that is fascinating. Now I understand why they are called stinkhorns... This seems to be our first official sighting and photo of this species on the site. Do they typically grow back in the same location year after year or is it completely random?
HeinoFounding Explorer - Heino joined us in 2014! wrote:
   20 Apr 2017
I'm a little surprised that it hasn't yet turned up on Canberra Nature Map. It is quite striking and by no means the rarest of things locally. There's no reason why it can't reappear in the same spot, but whether that's a year later, three years later or two months later depends on various factors. The out-of-sight mycelium would still be there and it's a matter of when it accumulate the reserves necessary for producing another stinkhorn.
   25 Apr 2017
Thanks very much for the info Heino, fascinating thing!

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Nearby sightings

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  • Coordinates 149.114200-35.288210
  • Altitude 564.9m

Sighting information

Sensitivity key

  • Highly sensitive
  • Sensitive
  • Not sensitive

Conservation key

  • Very Rare / Threatened
  • Rare Native
  • Local Native
  • Non-local Native
  • Exotic
  • Noxious Pest (Exotic)
  • Locally Extinct

Phallus rubicundus locations

Phallus rubicundus has been recorded at:

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