Observation 272765: Battarrea phalloides (Dicks.) Pers.

When: 2017-03-22

Collection location: Manchester Preserve, Encinitas, San Diego Co., California, USA [Click for map]

Who: Jacob Kalichman (Pulk)

No specimen available

Notes:
There was a sharp toothpick-like thorn stuck in the cap of the first fruiting body, maybe by a human. A male grass spider is also visible.

A second fruiting body deposited spores on a large hapless millipede as they were being jostled by the photographer.

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By: Matt Welter (mattfungus)
2017-03-24 06:37:06 PDT (-0700)

on agelenidiae. I couldn’t see the eleongated spinerettes in the pic so was only 90% sure.

I have seen all three common names “funnel web”, “funnel weaver” and “grass spider”.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agelenidae

Looks like there are five pages of pics on MO with the word spider attached to them. At least one of them I click on randomly turned up a widow.

http://mushroomobserver.org/comment/comment_search?pattern=spider

I wouldn’t call him a funnel web spider
By: Jacob Kalichman (Pulk)
2017-03-23 15:01:17 PDT (-0700)

I would call him (if not “grass spider” like the obs note or “Agelenid” like a nerd) a funnel weaver spider

The idiomatic distinction between those common names is illogical, but he ain’t no Atrax

nice male funnel web spider
By: Matt Welter (mattfungus)
2017-03-23 14:01:09 PDT (-0700)
vectors are everywhere in the desert
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2017-03-23 08:06:29 PDT (-0700)

a good reason to make those “sticky” spores.

Montagnea spores are also quite tenacious, or so I found out firsthand last week!

I wonder what the cactus pin poker thought that mushroom actually was?

Touche!

The spider is a nice touch.

I imagine that a half-hatched Battarea would be quite bewildering to anyone short of a fairly well trained mycologist.

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