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Observed: 8th June 2013 By: Tony Mitchell
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Description:

Found about 1 meter down below birch trees while collecting fossils on old coliary tip. The broken one was full of gelatinous material. Smells of fungus

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.

Comments

Joe Botting's picture

Weird...

I gave the possible ID before I realised that the White Truffle isn't meant to occur in the UK. However, it really does look like, both internally and externally. I really hope someone with more knowledge of these is going to turn up soon...

Tony Mitchell's picture

White Truffle

Thanks for prompt ID. If it is special, should I preserve it and or send it to someone? Please suggest next step.
Tony

Joe Botting's picture

Preserve for now

Definitely keep it safe for the moment (it should be ok stored somewhere dry - drying is the preferred method of storing fungi permanently). I'm still hoping that someone with more knowledge is going to come and give a better ID, but you could also send an email to Kew Gardens to see if you can get a response from them. Also, try emailing the London fungus recording group (http://www.britmycolsoc.org.uk/mycology/recording-network/groups/london-fg/) - there doesn't seem to be one for Kent, for some reason. It's well worth following this up as far as possible...

flaxton's picture

I think it might be a

I think it might be a Pisolithus but am not confident enough to put up an alternative id.
Mal

Joe Botting's picture

Could be...

I see what you mean, but I thought that had a 'stalk'..? Still, even though it's supposedly very rare, it still makes more sense than a white truffle. Where are the fungi experts when you need them..?

flaxton's picture

Tony I checked with "the

Tony
I checked with "the experts" and it is likely to by M ambiguus but if you want to be sure you could send me a sample and I can probably confirm that.
Mal

Tony Mitchell's picture

M ambiguus

flaxton,
Thanks for the new ID [without a generic name]
I could send one of the halves or the whole one but need an address
Tony