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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.<br />
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Habitat: Spotted growing on the ground in a deciduous forest.<br />
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Notes: The potent odor of the gleba attracts insects, which help to disperse the spores. Geotagged,Pseudocolus fusiformis,Stinky squid,Summer,United States Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

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.

    comments (4)

  1. I love weird species and this is one! I'm referring to the fungus, to be sure. Posted 9 months ago
    1. Ha!!! Posted 9 months ago
  2. I agree, I only know this from the European version which is red - but it is a truly bizarre organism in any case. Posted 9 months ago
    1. It is very odd, and smells so bad. Posted 9 months ago

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''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

Similar species: Phallales
Species identified by Christine Young
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Uploaded Jan 3, 2019. Captured Jul 18, 2017 10:36 in 75 Main St S, Southbury, CT 06488, USA.
  • Canon EOS 60D
  • f/3.5
  • 1/197s
  • ISO400
  • 100mm