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Mosaic pb 2

Observed: 30th October 2011 By: WilHeeneyWilHeeney’s reputation in Fungi and LichensWilHeeney’s reputation in Fungi and Lichens
mosaic pb 2
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Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Common Earthball (Scleroderma citrinum) interacts


flaxton's picture

Although the stated size of

Although the stated size of 1/2 " wide and 1" high seems at odds with the photo if it is that sort of size I would say it is not too big for S areolatum. I also find the scales of S citrinum are usually just that, scales, that look as though they can be scraped off rather than the slightly raised patches on this find.
Did you keep the find Wil?

WilHeeney's picture

Sorry no

I didnt keep it im afraid, i have pretty much no knowledge of fungi so i thourght id leave it where it was, plus it was in sherwood forest and i thourght it would be better leaving it their.

AlanS's picture


I have to admit that I overlooked the dimensions given by Wil, which would make this small for S. citrinum.

Even so, having looked at the surface ornamentation again, I remain convinced that this is an interlocking pattern of the citrinum type, rather than distinct, rounded scales, surrounded by ring-like zones and coming away to leave a reticulate pattern - a character emphasised for areolatum in the Kew monograph on these things.

Oh for a glance at the spores!