Fungi Unknown fungus

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Any ideas on what this is? Found along damper creek in SE melbourne
 
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Either clathrus cibarius or clathrus gracilis

also called a basket or net fungus

To determine which you need to examine the spores of c. cibarius and c. gracilis (olive brown vs sage green respectively);

also : c. gracilis .... "the arms are seen to consist of two distinct tubes in cross section, in c. cibarius the structure is merely cellular"
 

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Thanks for the info! I'll have to get a field guide. Interesting that it's in the same genus as the octopus stinkhorn which is what I was actually looking for
 

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octopus stinkhorn aka Clathrus archeri

Also look out for Clathrus pusillus and aseroe rubra; they may look similar !

One reference I use is: Common Australian Fungi: A Naturalist's Guide by Tony Young. Its a few years old but can certainly help narrow down a species.
There are some other excellent guides too, but can get pricey !

There is a 1994/1996 and a 2004 edition.


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I just saw a good price and have ordered a copy of Australian Fungi Illustrated By Ian McCann to add to the collection. :sorrriso:

Should arrive in a few days ...
 

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I just saw a good price and have ordered a copy of Australian Fungi Illustrated By Ian McCann to add to the collection. :sorrriso:

Should arrive in a few days ...
That looks like a really good one and not too expensive, I might have to get my hands on a copy
 
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