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has been used for a number of taxa in the Tylopilus balloui morpho-group. This is not a good thing. Tylopilus balloui is a good species in Tylopilus. Please see a recent paper by Osmundson & Halling in Mycotaxon 113: 2010.
More on this: balloui entities from Africa were placed in Rubinoboletus in treatments by Heinemann & Rammeloo of African taxa. At that time, they had a very expanded concept of Rubinoboletus.
Australian taxa purported to be balloui are best treated as Tylopilus until this is sorted out. Please see a paper by Halling et al. in Mycological Research 112: 2008. this latter paper is not an answer but indicates a complexity of bolete distribution that is is being addressed at this time. Thanks!
This is another photo of the same mushroom, which I posted in the hope it’d give a few more clues. Thanks for your thoughts on ID! I’d never seen such a beastie before, and believe me, it was a surprise to spot it…
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