Feet First's picture

P1013978

Observed: 6th August 2011 By: Feet First
P1013978
Description:

White, fist-sized, solid ball with a meringue-like consistency. Fungi of some sort?

Identifications

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.

Species with which False Puffball (Enteridium lycoperdon) interacts

Comments

Feet First's picture

Mystery Object

None of us knew what this object was though some agreed that it looked like a fungi of some sort.

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Mushroom Lady's picture

Have you considered the

Have you considered the possibility that it might be a slime mould of some sort?

Mushroom Lady

Mushroom Lady's picture

Have you considered the

Have you considered the possibility that it might be a slime mould of some sort?

Mushroom Lady

miked's picture

The other possibility is that

The other possibility is that it is indeed a true (giant) puffball, Calvatia gigantea that has been severely grazed by slugs. There is a patch of this species near my recent http://www.ispot.org.uk/node/197087
leccinum observation that come up every year and every year most of the puffballs get severely eaten so they are not the nice large round shape but a much smaller white irregular shape, they still eventually turn into brownish balls of spores.
One way to tell apart would be to look at base should look like a football and be rounded there whereas the slime mould would probably be spread out more and no obviously attached in a single place.