Name: Clathrus ruber P. Micheli ex Pers.
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Rank: Species

Status: Accepted

Name: Clathrus ruber

ICN Identifier: missing

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Author: P. Micheli ex Pers.

Citation: Syn. meth. fung. (Göttingen) 2: 241 (1801)

Deprecated Synonyms: Clathrus cancellatus Fries


Domain: Eukarya

Kingdom: Fungi

Phylum: Basidiomycota

Class: Agaricomycetes

Order: Phallales

Family: Phallaceae

Genus: Clathrus

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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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