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Common Earthball?

Observed: 16th September 2012 By: ar8922
S159 Neighbourhood Nature - course complete
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I think this solitary fungus is probably an Earthball (Scleroderma) rather than a Puffball (Lycoperdon) but beyond that I'm not sure. I've plumped for the Common Earthball based on the size (5-6cm in diameter) but maybe it could also be a Scaly Earthball (Scleroderma verrucosum)?


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Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Common Earthball (Scleroderma citrinum) interacts


Tizzlers's picture

Earthball vs Puffball

To the best of my knowledge after a few forays with those in the know, earthballs bave black spores and puffballs have white. You have to be brave and disect them. They're common, plentiful and if you find early puffballs that are creamy inside, you can cook them. :)

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Thanks Jo, I've seen photos of the inside of both but didn't think to disect this one at the time. To be honest I'd rather leave it intact anyway.

flaxton's picture

you say no visible stalk. Did

you say no visible stalk. Did you dig down to check?

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Unsure about stalk

Sorry, no I didn't, which is why I say no 'easily' visible stalk.

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The scales on S citrinum are

The scales on S citrinum are course and have raised edges on the other species verrucosum and areolatum they are more just markings on the skin.

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Thanks Malcolm. The scales didn't have particularly raised edges, so maybe it's one of the other Scleroderma species you mention, although size would suggest that it's less likely to be areolatum.