Observation 65311: Non-fungal

When: 2011-04-08

Collection location: Big Branch, Saint Tammany Parish, Louisiana, USA [Click for map]

Who: Chaz (tripper1445)

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I usually think that I have to go looking in the wooded part of our property or certain “hot spots” around the yard to find… whatever. Here, I step out on the back porch and look at this ceramic fish sitting on one of the shelves of the gazebo. I notice what looks to me like maybe a bird dropping on it with a little light brown nodule of something. I decided to take a picture of it just to see what it might be. What might it be? It looks fungal and a very interesting design.

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11% (3)
Recognized by sight
61% (2)
Recognized by sight: gecko droppings
Used references: Alain’s comment
Based on microscopic features
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Definately non-fungal! Here’s what I stumbled onto recently:
By: Chaz (tripper1445)
2018-01-11 02:48:02 CST (-0500)


On this page is a photograph of a lizard dropping. This page identifies the white protrusion from the dark part of the feces as uric acid. OK, so it took me almost 7 years to find the answer. I was actually studying something else when I saw the photo.

But a new mystery …..
2014-02-16 14:35:36 CST (-0500)

Cordiceps eat insects …. “apically attached, whitish to peach-tinged, globose and seemingly stipitate_ uric acid sack”, help to eat insects ….. And, they also have similar colors and shapes. DARV wrote the first comment on observation, http://mushroomobserver.org/65311?q=1nagJ " With._" be a young Cordiceps "….. Is this related ? … Looked in your Mushroomer neuron :)

Danny …. End of a mystery!
2014-02-16 12:21:52 CST (-0500)

“There is always more ideas in two heads than in one.” Here they are every night over twenty Gecko, about five are tame and come to eat in our hands. To droppings it was easy, but the fungus was wrong …..

By: Danny Newman (myxomop)
2014-02-16 09:23:10 CST (-0500)

Google’s images of ‘Gecko Droppings’ show a convincingly similar object (black feces and apically attached, whitish to peach-tinged, globose and _seemingly stipitate?? uric acid sack). Though I could see the shiny, elongate, dark portion being animal droppings, the attached uric acid sack I would have never guessed was also animal waste.

Similar images result from a search for ‘Reptile Droppings,’ so the identity of the owner of these leavings may still be in question.

2014-02-16 02:39:51 CST (-0500)

Definitely a Gecko lizard droppings. Pieces resembling amber are carapaces indectes. And logically Cordicep. See http://www.cactuspro.com/forum/read.php?1, 145650.145675, quote = 1, and, http://www.gurumed.org/2010/12/10/le-champignon- cordyceps-merge-the-brain-of-insects /. I think DARV to reason.

By: Danny Newman (myxomop)
2012-09-13 17:24:07 CDT (-0400)

now I believe you. and wouldn’t you know, that pestcemetary link has something uncannily similar growing on its subject as well. what is this?

By: Danny Newman (myxomop)
2012-09-13 16:03:24 CDT (-0400)

both this and its accompanying observation look too angular, too shellacked and too solid to be frog dung, to me anyway. i think the substrates and “growths” (whether or not they’re fungal) are the same on both obs. if you neither have access to a microscope nor know someone who does, you could send this to the herbarium at SF State. The address is in my profile.

I believe I have figured out what this is growing from!
By: Chaz (tripper1445)
2012-09-13 14:23:22 CDT (-0400)

We have tree frogs that love to cling to our house, windows, car, etc. This, I believe is a fungus growing from a tree frog’s dung. I haven’t observed this first hand but it is circumstantial based upon the locations of finding them (and there are many)and a quick reference of frog dung and the pics seem to aline themselves to that fact. What kind of fungi is growing? There could be varying kinds but I took more pics to compare. I’ll post later in this observation for easier comparison.


Having said that, the other picture with the amber crystals is a bug of some sort (we can see a leg). So, it is different from this observation. Let me know what you think.

Check this one out.
By: Chaz (tripper1445)
2012-09-05 22:43:21 CDT (-0400)

This is the one with the amber crystals. You can see a leg in one of the shots.http://mushroomobserver.org/108827?q=b6UD

By: Danny Newman (myxomop)
2012-09-05 22:28:48 CDT (-0400)

keep uploading. i’m curious to see what else you’re finding that resembles this.

By: walt sturgeon (Mycowalt)
2012-09-05 20:21:55 CDT (-0400)

If the dark “host” is not a bird dropping and if the light portion is not gum then Cordyceps melolonthae is a possibilty assuming there is an insect in the dark part.

I have found several kinds of these since this observation.
By: Chaz (tripper1445)
2012-09-05 20:19:59 CDT (-0400)

This was the first time I had seen this before but now I’m catching it here and there. On my car, on a leaf, on the window of the house,on a fence post across town, etc. I only have a few photographs of another one and it looks completely different than this one. It has amber crystals embedded in it, or so it appears to me. Could there be different fungi that could be causing this?

I wasn’t sure but…
By: Chaz (tripper1445)
2011-04-11 18:43:02 CDT (-0400)

I wasn’t going to tast it to find out! But, seriously, I really can’t tell. You might be right. It was just one of those odd discovery moments for me.

Not from a bird
By: Darvin DeShazer (darv)
2011-04-09 23:04:27 CDT (-0400)

It’s not a bird dropping because it lacks liquidness and has a form. It looks like an insect pupa. I wonder if the fungal growth on it might be a young Cordyceps.