Observation 65183: Scleroderma Pers.

When: 2011-04-05

Collection location: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia [Click for map]

Who: Lord Mayonnaise

No specimen available

Measured 35mm across.


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quite the trailing mycelia here….
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2011-04-09 11:44:57 EDT (-0400)

puffball jellyfish! ;)

interesting that the context reddens, too.

Sclerodermas can do that.
By: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)
2011-04-09 07:27:55 EDT (-0400)

Although S. areolatum in my experience, is much less solid that most other species. Scleroderma has been called “Pigskin Poison Puffball” as a reference to the usually thick peridium which over time can erode, exposing the glebal spore mass to water deterioration thought to assist in spore dispersal. Sclerodermas are also known to concentrate heavy metals: one reason they are poisonous and should always be considered poisonous. In S. areolatum, the texture of the interior (gleba) is often much closer to puffball soft. That’s one reason I immediately suspected it. But my experience from a distant continent may have little to do with Australian Sclerodermas. The particular feature of your Scleroderma which I have not seen is the very dark brown to nearly black spores in mass. To my eye this more closely resembles the similar Calvatia fumosa.

The interior
By: Lord Mayonnaise
2011-04-09 06:37:40 EDT (-0400)

was solid, but it crumbled under the force of my hand.

I’m not too educated with Sclerodermas, but could the composition of the interior change from a solid to powdery state once it opens up?

Near S. areolatum
By: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)
2011-04-08 19:17:39 EDT (-0400)

but I am not expert on Australian fungi. S. areolatum characterized by thin surface peridium (outer shell), which often erodes/cracks, exposing mature gleba in the center for spore disperal via wind current. S. areolatum often has the light pinkish hue of the basal attachment, which I also see here. I don’t see the typical bluish gleba nor the powdery interior here. Is/was the specimen powdery? Or was it solid? If solid, this is a species probably unknown to me.