Stinky Squid - Pseudocolus fusiformis
Orange fruiting body that consisted of 3 tapering arms that were fused at the tips. Volva was gray-white. The gleba covered the inner parts of the arms and was greenish black and slimy.
Habitat: Spotted growing on the ground in a deciduous forest.
Notes: The potent odor of the gleba attracts insects, which help to disperse the spores.
''Pseudocolus fusiformis'' is a stinkhorn mushroom in the Phallaceae, a family well known for a remarkable range of fruit body types. It is the most widely distributed member of the genus ''Pseudocolus'' and has been found in the United States, Australia, Japan, Java, and the Philippines. It is commonly known as the stinky squid, because of its fetid odor, and its three or four upright "arms" which are connected at the top. The malodorous smell comes from the dark greenish slimy gleba covering the.. more