lynda's picture

Fungi unidentified

Observed: 12th June 2008 By: lynda
IMG 6207
IMG 6210

Found by disused railway. Have looked in many reference books but haven't managed to identify it yet. Any ideas?


Caution: Do NOT use iSpot to identify fungi to eat!

Some fungi are very poisonous so a mistaken ID could have serious consequences.

Species interactions

No interactions present.


bobthebirder's picture



Bob Ford

Martin Harvey's picture


What a spectacular find! According to the Encyclopedia of Life link, above, this fungus has an odour that "resembles that of a dead rodent" - did it?

Entomologist and biological recorder

anonymous spotter's picture

Unusual fungus

I agree with the others - what a find! You could pass it by thinking it was a well-chewed dog's toy.

lynda's picture

Red Cage (Clathrus ruber)

Thankyou all for your comments.
I have an admission here, I found the fungus in France but the Ispot info entry wouldn't let me name a place outside the UK. I didn't realise the fungus would cause such interest. If anyone still wants to know where exactly I found it I will work out roughly (to within 100 metres) where ( it was actually next to a disused railway)


Martin Harvey's picture


Hi Lynda,

As you will have realised, iSpot is mostly focused on Britain and Ireland at the moment, but there are observations from overseas posted occasionally. The location section of iSpot should have allowed you to give a location in France (or anywhere else!).

Shame it's not a new record for Durham, but still a fascinating species to see!

Entomologist and biological recorder

Blewit Boy's picture

Knew this was..................

Knew this was too good to be true. Sad face.


cooperj's picture

Checking for county records

You can always check the BMS Foray Records database online ...

Clathrus ruber has the entry ...

Jerry C

ShaunMorrison's picture

Amazing Picture

Amazing Pics Lynda.