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Small Dung Buttons (Poronia erici) Small ( 6mm wide) flat pale discs with tapering bases seen on herbivore dung pellet ( possibly Kangaroo) The pale surfaces had minute evenly spaced holes (ostioles) - some of them showed puckering around the edges. The discs had irregular margins.<br />
Known for breaking down marsupial scats, this was spotted in a national park which is a free range for kangaroos, wallabies, wombats and rabbits. Australia,Geotagged,Poronia erici,Small Dung Button,Winter Click/tap to enlarge PromotedSpecies introCountry intro

Small Dung Buttons (Poronia erici)

Small ( 6mm wide) flat pale discs with tapering bases seen on herbivore dung pellet ( possibly Kangaroo) The pale surfaces had minute evenly spaced holes (ostioles) - some of them showed puckering around the edges. The discs had irregular margins.
Known for breaking down marsupial scats, this was spotted in a national park which is a free range for kangaroos, wallabies, wombats and rabbits.

    comments (4)

  1. Good find. Strange little pizzas. Posted 4 years ago
  2. neat - we've some fungi species that only grow on dung here, but I've not been lucky enough to come across any of them as of yet Posted 4 years ago
  3. Thanks morpheme. Went past hundreds of scats and not finding a thing. Then suddenly there was this one out on its own as if placed for just us to see.
    Posted 4 years ago
  4. How curious, something new for me to learn of, thank you. Love the common name! Posted 4 months ago

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Growing on dung, the small, flattened, button-like discs are white, grey or pale fawn.

Similar species: Xylariales
Species identified by morpheme
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By Leuba Ridgway

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Uploaded Mar 7, 2016. Captured Jul 26, 2015 14:13 in Ridge Track, Lysterfield South VIC 3156, Australia.
  • SZ-10
  • f/9.8
  • 10/600s
  • ISO100
  • 5.96mm