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Can anyone confirm what this fungi is?

Asked by ARE_you_kidding_me (16974points) September 16th, 2016

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Found them just breaking the surface of the soil. I think I know what they are but not sure if a culinary celebration is in order yet

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dappled_leaves's avatar

It looks like some variety of puffball, which can be several different species, not all of which are edible. You’d probably want to take a spore print before guessing what it is just by what it looks like.

PS – fungi is plural, fungus is singular. :)

thorninmud's avatar

It’s a Scleroderma (common name, “earthball”) of some sort. It’s related to puffballs, but is firmer and the flesh (spore mass) turns dark early on, whereas puffballs stay white for quite awhile.

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

Hmmm, that does seem to be it. I thought possibly I had stumbled on to some truffles.

thorninmud's avatar

I feel your pain.

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