Observation 66652: Gymnogaster boletoides J.W. Cribb

I have never seen this type of Fungi before.
It does resemble a fungi I found a couple of years ago, but only in placement of the colours and the relative size. Boletus emodensis 7497)
So as a crazy guess I think this could be a Boletus …….?
Found growing in soil at the base of a huge living eucalypt tree. We are still receiving extremely high rainfall here in Australia on our Eastern coastline.
It was raining when I shot these images. I have loaded different sized images to provide full advantage of Raw file facilities. After taking many shots at vatrious angles I have short listed them to the ones loaded. After carefully removing the two specimens , which seemed to have very long fine root system I rephotographed them. Then I bisected the larger of the two specimens. After another couple of record shots, I noticed that the white area (inner) was going blue. This was I would guess, bruising or some chemical effect, when the moisture(rain ) was allowed to reach to the exposed surface.
The largest fungi was 2.5 cm in length, and about 1cm across the widest section of the body. The Fungi did not have any significant aroma. I have kept both specimens, and if they are required can mail them to ??
I do think from my experience that these are unusual and possibly a rare find for Ozzies. (Australia).?
I searched the area several times in different rotations trying to find any more of the same, but none were found. Please note that I have loaded varying values of file size/resolution for identification purposes.
It would also be very satisfying if this fungi and information was ever listed/recorded from Australia previously.?.

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Gymnogaster boletoides appears to be correct.

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Recognized by sight: Staining blue, bolete-like colors, stem looks like Boletus.

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Deb, Thanks for the kind words. I am still trying to get some mycrographs of certain uploads requests that I am happy with, loaded. Time is a curse. chow, kk

Whoah de crap!
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2014-08-03 15:13:45 CDT (-0400)

WHAT a cool little (and I do mean little) semi-secotioid bolete! Missed this one first time round.

Fine work as always, Ian. Love its adorable little red remnant of a cap. Great capture of details.

You are such a myco-treasure! Keep up the GREAT work.

ditto Roy
By: Danny Newman (myxomop)
2011-05-01 22:48:33 CDT (-0400)

far out indeed. a most unusual mushroom. thanks Ian!

It looks
By: Roy Halling (royh)
2011-05-01 09:54:11 CDT (-0400)

like Gymnogaster boletoides to me, at least it looks the one I found at Cunnngham’s Gap in the Main Range of S Queensland in company with Nigel Fechner from Brisbane. He ID’d it for me. So, I’d go along with Christian’s det on this one (see the link in his post for my Obs on this taxon). Good on ya cutting it in half. A MOST INTERESTING find, Ian! Thanks.


The physical appearance and the colouring that is shown does seem to be somewhere near 66652. Maybe Roy H. might like to comment for me.

Maybe like these…
By: Christian (Christian Schwarz)
2011-04-30 23:17:46 CDT (-0400)

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