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Name: Clathrus ruber P. Micheli ex Pers.

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Rank: Species
Status: Accepted
Name: Clathrus ruber
Author: P. Micheli ex Pers.
Citation: Syn. meth. fung. (Göttingen) 2: 241 (1801)
Deprecated Synonym(s): Clathrus cancellatus Fries

Classification: Edit

Domain: Eukarya
Kingdom: Fungi
Phylum: Basidiomycota
Class: Agaricomycetes
Order: Phallales
Family: Phallaceae
Genus: Clathrus

Brief Description: See More | Edit

Clathrus ruber, a cage fungus, is a close relative of the stinkhorns. It, like the stinkhorns, starts as an ‘egg’ with a “white bumpy surface”. It expands into a beautiful “bright reddish-orange or pink, hollow, fragile lattice-work structure”2. It grows singly, scattered or gregariously. It’s odor resembles that of a dead rodent. The purpose has been conjectured that it’s odor attracts flies which then land and investigate the fruiting structure . When the flies depart, they take spores with them, dispersing them to the next mulch heap.

See observations 13861 and 7065 emerging egg.
See observation 13208 and 3157 fruit body and eggs.
See observation 6136 fruit body.

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Version: 4
Previous Version: 3

First person to use this name on MO: R. E. Tulloss
Editors: Administrator, walt sturgeon

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Created: 2009-01-08 11:09:00 AEDT (+1100) by R. E. Tulloss (ret)
Last modified: 2014-02-21 11:05:26 AEDT (+1100) by walt sturgeon (Mycowalt)
Viewed: 1464 times, last viewed: 2015-05-28 15:51:42 AEST (+1000)
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