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I much prefer "Octopus stinkhorn"
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Devil's fingers was the name in my book. I didn't think it had enough 'arms' for Starfish Fungus (Aseroe rubra).
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The split ends of the arms took me to agree with Aseroe rubra
I suppose its a case of knowing which differences are key.
Janet, I don't think your original ID is mistaken necessarily. Clathrus (or Anthurus) archeri carries the spore on the arms and not in the centre as with Aseroe rubra. But in South Africa there have been a number of recent specimens that are debatable, and this seems to be one of them..
I wondered about that. But decided that the inner spore mass had washed off first.
Clathrus tends to have much longer arms and less of a tube: the entire giss here is of Aseroe.
As a total layman in this field, I do still feel that there is another species or hybrid lurking in here. The differences are too great, too consistent and that the spore mass distribution is not the best discriminator between the species. I'm getting too many 50/50's.....
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