Observation 16170: Battarrea Pers.

When: 2009-01-08

Collection location: Alter Valley, Tucson, Arizona, USA [Click for map]

Who: ultio1

Specimen available

I was walking around today looking at tracks in the desert and I came across this.It was growing under a mesquite with lots of good mulchy soil and dry dead fall wood around. There is the cap of another fruit body next to it on the ground. Is the red stuff spores? Mycelium? Once again I am only able to report the observation and not much else. It looks like it may have been there for a while which is surprising. There are tons of birds, Javalina, Coyotes, etc. If they all passed on I guess I better not eat it. Lol.

I think its a Montagnea but I am not sure.

[admin – Sat Aug 14 01:57:51 +0000 2010]: Changed location name from ‘Alter valley Sonoran desert west of Tucson’ to ‘Alter Valley, West of Tucson, Tucson, Arizona, USA’

Species Lists


Proposed Names

71% (4)
Used references: Two species are reported from AZ.
Battarrea digueti
Battarrea phalloides
A Preliminary Checklist of Arizona Macrofungi by Scott Bates, 2006.
60% (2)
Recognized by sight: robust fb with copious and tenacious tawny spores.

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Battarreoides diguetii
By: Jacob Kalichman (Pulk)
2017-03-19 22:24:59 CDT (-0500)

The below-mentioned holes in that species are in the peridium around the cap. The peridium is completely gone on the mushroom in this observation, so you can’t tell directly it didn’t have obvious holes. Not saying there aren’t other ways to distinguish them, just sayin’.

Batterea digueti
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2017-03-19 14:09:38 CDT (-0500)

the salt shaker fungus, has obvious holes in its cap.