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
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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...
Thanks for prompt ID. If it is special, should I preserve it and or send it to someone? Please suggest next step.
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...
I think it might be a Pisolithus but am not confident enough to put up an alternative id.
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..?
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.
Thanks for the new ID [without a generic name]
I could send one of the halves or the whole one but need an address
Lat/Lng: 51.2385, 1.3746
OS grid ref: TR356542