Identification: Fungus and friend

Discussion in 'Fungi, Lichens and Slime Molds' started by Margot, Jun 17, 2019.

  1. Margot

    Margot Generous Contributor 10 Years

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    Nanoose Bay, BC Canada
    I found this interesting fungus in my garden a moment ago right at the surface of the soil. I see lots of puffballs here so maybe it's just an early puffball. I keep hoping to find truffles . . .

    The alligator lizard is another recent discovery in the garden - can't resist showing him off.

    PS I think I can answer my own question. When I went back outside after posting the above, I found a cluster of other fungi that looked much the same and which I recognize as puffballs. When I broke one open, it looked the same in the middle as the one in my photo.

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  2. Frog

    Frog Contributor Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Adorable lizard Margot!
    Puffballs as a category have a number of different types. Yours appears to be a Scleroderma, re the thick rind. Thank you for including the habitat observation: Sclerodermas are often at the surface, as are certain species of truffle fungi. Other truffles are more characteristically below the surface.. You may be interested in a good truffle book describing the various truffle species, including their habitat specifics and whether edible or not: A Field Guide to North American Truffles by Trappe, Evans and Trappe. Also: BCTruffles
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