Observation 74265: Bovista Pers.

When: 2011-08-19

Collection location: Central Goldfields, Victoria, Australia [Click for map]

Who: TimmiT

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Torn open
By: Steph Jarvis (Steph Jarvis)
2012-09-02 16:22:09 ADT (-0300)

The torn operculum on the top photo looks like a Bovista to me. Also, the markings of the exoperidium cracking and sloughing off to reveal the endoperidium; looks like a Bovista.
If you have this specimen and take a look at the spores, you will be able to tell if it is Scleroderma or Puffball right away.
Scleroderma does not have Eucapillitial threads, and puffballs do. Scleroderma has crazy globose echinulate spores. If this is Bovista plumbea, for example, you will find Bovista type capillitia threads and ovate, slightly roughened spores with long pedicels (tails).
Just from looking at this, it looks like Bovista. But, microscopy is needed to figure out which one.

By: TimmiT
2011-08-21 11:41:47 ADT (-0300)

The rhizomorphic mycelium is reminiscent of other Scleroderma spp. that I find but they were quite small and fragile. I’m not familiar with puffballs at all, so don’t have any opinion on what they are.

Have you considered Scleroderma?
By: Byrain
2011-08-20 15:56:02 ADT (-0300)