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Observation 97848: Non-fungal

When: 2012-06-20

Collection location: Madera Canyon, Santa Rita Mountains, Pima Co., Arizona, USA [Click for map]


Who: Minh Nhân (Iván Rodríguez)

No specimen available

Extrememly dry body; could indicate that it has long since fulfilled its role of spore production and has yet to decay.

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By: Minh Nhân (Iván Rodríguez)
2012-06-20 19:00:39 PDT (-0700)

Hahha I was wondering why there was a separate category that this find was classified into. It’ll stay then, thanks again for the help.

By: Danny Newman (myxomop)
2012-06-20 18:44:50 PDT (-0700)

leave it here. there are lots of non-fungal observations on the site, and we like it that way. this can serve as one of many helpful examples of things that might look fungal but are in fact something else altogether. see the Non-Fungal species list for more examples.

Thank you all
By: Minh Nhân (Iván Rodríguez)
2012-06-20 18:43:31 PDT (-0700)

Excuse me for that mistake, I’ll remove this observation soon. And if it makes any difference, the tree is most likely an Arizona Mandrone, Arbutus arizonica.
Thanks again for clearing that up!

By: Byrain
2012-06-20 15:47:39 PDT (-0700)

I think they are wasp galls, find out what kind of oak they are on and then try

By: Tex (Stopwhispering)
2012-06-20 15:44:53 PDT (-0700)

Yes didn’t notice that flattened bottoms on them they do look attached to the leaf. You are most likely right.

they look affixed to the leaf
By: Danny Newman (myxomop)
2012-06-20 15:17:39 PDT (-0700)

so gall was my suspicion too.

By: Christian (Christian Schwarz)
2012-06-20 15:02:23 PDT (-0700)

are probably insect (wasp?) galls.

They look like gum nuts.
By: Tex (Stopwhispering)
2012-06-20 14:54:22 PDT (-0700)

What trees were around?

Obviously unlikely to be from Eucalypt due to location, I am unsure what other trees might have similar.

By: Minh Nhân (Iván Rodríguez)
2012-06-20 14:32:47 PDT (-0700)

It just might that it’s not fungi after all, so what else could it be myxomop? What makes you believe that it’s not?