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FungusScleroderma sp.

1 Earth balls at Hughes, ACT

Scleroderma sp. at Hughes, ACT - 4 May 2019

Identification history

Fungus Scleroderma sp. 15 May 2019 Heino1
Fungus Calvatia sp. 10 May 2019 BIrdsinCanberra

Author's notes

I could not identify this fungus. It may be a Puffball Fungus that has recently emerged out of the ground and is starting to split open to allow the spores to take flight.

2 comments

Heino1 wrote:
   15 May 2019
This has a tough skin which splits a little irregularly from the top, the segments then folding back to allow wind dispersal of the spores. Even without a scale bar, you can see the whitish cross-section of the skin and the nearby twig litter helps convey the idea of thickness. In Calvatia the skin breaks irregularly and falls off, rather then the split-and-fold-back process.
   15 May 2019
Many thanks Heino1. I really know nothing about fungus so I appreciate your notes. Sorry, I did have a ruler with me but forgot to put it down for the photograph. Thanks again, all the best.

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Nearby Sightings

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Polytelis swainsonii (Superb Parrot) at Hughes, ACT - 10 Apr 2019 Zanda funereus (Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo) at Hughes, ACT - 7 Apr 2019 Eurystomus orientalis (Dollarbird) at Hughes, ACT - 18 Jan 2019 Solanum cinereum (Narrawa Burr) at Hughes, ACT - 19 Dec 2018 Vittadinia cuneata var. cuneata (Fuzzy New Holland Daisy) at Hughes, ACT - 18 Dec 2018 Geranium solanderi var. solanderi (Native Geranium) at Hughes, ACT - 18 Dec 2018 Velleia paradoxa (Spur Velleia) at Hughes, ACT - 18 Dec 2018 Platycercus eximius (Eastern Rosella) at Hughes, ACT - 18 Dec 2018 Eurystomus orientalis (Dollarbird) at Hughes, ACT - 18 Dec 2018 Strepera graculina (Pied Currawong) at Hughes, ACT - 9 Dec 2018 Eurystomus orientalis (Dollarbird) at Hughes, ACT - 8 Dec 2018 Eurystomus orientalis (Dollarbird) at Hughes, ACT - 30 Nov 2018 Cardiaspina albitextura (White Lace Lerp) at Hughes, ACT - 6 Nov 2018 Eurystomus orientalis (Dollarbird) at Hughes, ACT - 6 Nov 2018 Cassinia quinquefaria (Cassinia) at Hughes, ACT - 31 Jan 2018 Cassinia longifolia (Shiny Cassinia, Cauliflower Bush) at Hughes, ACT - 31 Jan 2018 Eurystomus orientalis (Dollarbird) at Hughes, ACT - 7 Jan 2018 Cercopidae (family) (Unidentified spittlebug or froghopper) at Hughes, ACT - 20 Nov 2016 Coccinella transversalis (Transverse Ladybird) at Hughes, ACT - 20 Nov 2016
Polytelis swainsonii (Superb Parrot) at Hughes, ACT - 10 Apr 2019
Zanda funereus (Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo) at Hughes, ACT - 7 Apr 2019
Eurystomus orientalis (Dollarbird) at Hughes, ACT - 18 Jan 2019
Solanum cinereum (Narrawa Burr) at Hughes, ACT - 19 Dec 2018
Vittadinia cuneata var. cuneata (Fuzzy New Holland Daisy) at Hughes, ACT - 18 Dec 2018
Geranium solanderi var. solanderi (Native Geranium) at Hughes, ACT - 18 Dec 2018
Velleia paradoxa (Spur Velleia) at Hughes, ACT - 18 Dec 2018
Platycercus eximius (Eastern Rosella) at Hughes, ACT - 18 Dec 2018
Eurystomus orientalis (Dollarbird) at Hughes, ACT - 18 Dec 2018
Strepera graculina (Pied Currawong) at Hughes, ACT - 9 Dec 2018
Eurystomus orientalis (Dollarbird) at Hughes, ACT - 8 Dec 2018
Eurystomus orientalis (Dollarbird) at Hughes, ACT - 30 Nov 2018
Cardiaspina albitextura (White Lace Lerp) at Hughes, ACT - 6 Nov 2018
Eurystomus orientalis (Dollarbird) at Hughes, ACT - 6 Nov 2018
Cassinia quinquefaria (Cassinia) at Hughes, ACT - 31 Jan 2018
Cassinia longifolia (Shiny Cassinia, Cauliflower Bush) at Hughes, ACT - 31 Jan 2018
Eurystomus orientalis (Dollarbird) at Hughes, ACT - 7 Jan 2018
Cercopidae (family) (Unidentified spittlebug or froghopper) at Hughes, ACT - 20 Nov 2016
Coccinella transversalis (Transverse Ladybird) at Hughes, ACT - 20 Nov 2016

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Location

Location information

  • Coordinates 149.103700-35.329393
  • Altitude 635.4m
  • Places Hughes, ACT

Species information

  • Not Sensitive
  • Local Native
  • Non-Invasive

Sighting information

  • 1 Abundance
  • 4 May 2019 7:43 AM Recorded on
  • BIrdsinCanberra Recorded by
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