Collection location: Mount Erica, Baw Baw National Park, Victoria, Australia [Click for map]
I believe this is a Russula truffle (formerly Macowanites).
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I’m using Russula in the broader sense that incorporates the truffle species (ie Macowanites). I should probably use the old names, but most of the truffle genera are artificial anyway.
It was cool to see the snail chowing down on this truffle. They are probably a minor player in the dispersal of spores in this area. The primary dispersers are thought to be small mammals like wallabies, potoroos, bandicoots, etc. This little group of fruiting bodies had been dug up by something and a few bites taken out of the larger ones. The snail must have found them after they were dug up.
Presumably snails are one means of spore dispersal.
If the photo is blown up, locules can be seen (small chambers). Probably Russula-related, like Zelleromyces, Macowanites, Gymnomyces or something similar. I think had you seen the base, it may have had a short stipe or columella-like structure.
I’m not expert on Australian sequestrate fungus. But this does look Russula-like, doesn’t it?
Created: 2013-05-28 05:50:47 PDT (-0700)
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