Observation 196535: Mutinus elegans (Mont.) Fisch.

When: 2014-09-04

Collection location: West St. Louis Co., Missouri, USA [Click for map]

Who: Judi T. (AvidAmateur)

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Fruiting gregariously in mulch bed of suburban residence.


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Egg sacs
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Bisected egg
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A fly preparing to disperse the spores.
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Close up of the pitted surface.

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Thanks, Alain and Walt.
By: Judi T. (AvidAmateur)
2015-01-17 17:07:58 PST (-0800)

Now we can all just sit back and wait for the DNA results. We may be in for more surprises than we can even anticipate. I’m so glad that mycology s my hobby, not my profession. I fear I might be driven mad by all the re-classifications if I had to keep up with them 24/7 for a living. THNX again. Judi

Please see my Obs. 195500 (P. rubicundus)
By: Judi T. (AvidAmateur)
2015-01-17 15:36:40 PST (-0800)

First, let me thank you for looking at and voting on my observation. I believe when you compare the 2 observations you will clearly see the differences. Perhaps the most dramatic difference is in the cap, which in my Obs. #195500 is more like an actual cap (clearly separate from the stem)than either Mutinus elegans or M. caninus possess, or for that matter, than Phallus ravenelli has. Careful comparison of the eggs in 195500 and this observation also reveal clearly definable differences. Other variations are much more subtle and difficult to discern. The mushrooms collected for Obs. 195500 were photographed, dried, documented, and accepted as part of a current, extensive “Stinkhorn Project” being conducted by Michael Kuo (of mushroomexpert.com). I have been informed that results are probably at least 2 years away. For now, I guess we will have to be content with our field observations. Michael Kuo comments in his latest book, Mushrooms of the Midwest (2014) on page 304, “The separated, floppy cap structure is distinctive.” (for P. rubicundus). Indeed it is! Thanks, in advance, for taking a second look.

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