When: 2010-08-21

Collection location: Senguio, Michoacan, Mexico [Click for map]

Who: Alan Rockefeller (Alan Rockefeller)

No specimen available

On display at the Feria del Hongo de Senguio (Senguio fungus fair).

Growing on wood. The spores taste bad.

Probably the same thing was recollected in Oaxaca: http://mushroomobserver.org/115815

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-8% (6)
Recognized by sight: Purple-black spore mass, thick multi-layered peridium.
29% (1)
Recognized by sight
50% (3)
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On wood
By: Alan Rockefeller (Alan Rockefeller)
2011-08-22 14:05:44 CDT (-0400)

Yes it is on wood. I will look for the specimen.

might wanna do the microscopy on this one…
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2011-08-22 13:46:46 CDT (-0400)

we need more info for a good determination.

slime mold isn’t a bad guess, but I’ve never seen one so big! do they get ginormous in the tropics? lycogala on steroids? how scary would that giant amoeboid form be??!

the context appears atypical for both scleroderma and slime molds, tho…at least the ones where I have bothered to look at their context.

oh wait, that top photo DOES show a dark gray context in natural light…maybe it is a scleroderma? I was looking at the lower photos of the context which are an odd color…

on wood, yes?

By: Tom Volk (TomVolk)
2011-08-22 12:59:52 CDT (-0400)

In the second picture, if you look at the bases, it looks like a plasmodium rounded up to form this structure, leaving a remnant of the plasmodium, just like Lycogala(especially like L. flavofuscum) . Is there any capillitium? the rubbery feel could be explained if the fruting bodies are just newly formed and starting to harden and mature. just my guess.

I wouldn’t call them that
By: Alan Rockefeller (Alan Rockefeller)
2011-08-22 12:17:58 CDT (-0400)

They were too hard and rubbery for a slime mold.

my guess
By: Tom Volk (TomVolk)
2010-09-25 16:25:58 CDT (-0400)

giant Lycogala.