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Dung Fungus

Observed: 27th June 2011 By: DioctriaDioctria’s reputation in Fungi and LichensDioctria’s reputation in Fungi and LichensDioctria’s reputation in Fungi and Lichens

Small orange fungal fruiting bodies(?) on fairly recent cow-pat.


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

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Gross. That's enough to put anyone of their dinner!


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If you have a microscope some

If you have a microscope some of the finds on dung are every bit as interesting as the "big stuff" (as long as you dried plenty of edible in the season)

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Thanks for the ID Malcolm. And there was me thinking I was more than close enough!

I remember many years ago reading a book on fungi that had a fascinating chapter on a hair-like fungus that grows on dung with a spore-containing capsule at the end which builds up fluid pressure and bursts to eject its spores.

And then there is the dung invertebrate community of course. A nearby pat was absolutely riddled with beetle holes.

Many interesting things to be seen in what we don't wish to tread in. I just get a bit self-conscious crouching over cow-pats! :-)


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The hair-like fungus is

The hair-like fungus is almost certainly Pilobolus of which there are a few species one of which I posted here

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That's the one! I remember it

That's the one! I remember it having bolus in the name. And it had a photo with water droplets like yours, due to the pressure within forcing the water out.


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Just found the book. 'Fungi' by Roderic Cooke in the Collins Countryside Series. I might have to re-read the dung chapter...