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Octopus stinkhorn Just in time to take a  photo from this hatching alien.<br />
this ail happened in the back yard of our King Willem Alexander. in Wassenaar the Netherlands. Clathrus archeri,Octopus Stinkhorn Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

Octopus stinkhorn

Just in time to take a photo from this hatching alien.
this ail happened in the back yard of our King Willem Alexander. in Wassenaar the Netherlands.

    comments (8)

  1. They are some of nature's most intriguing organisms are they not. Quite incredible. Posted 2 months ago
    1. They are Ruth, and then the way they grow, awesome. Posted 2 months ago
  2. Never found one myself yet! Nice! Posted 2 months ago, modified 2 months ago
    1. Never give up Marta.
      Posted 2 months ago
      1. I will try again next fall! Posted 2 months ago
  3. Bizarre! It makes you wonder what the first person ever discovering this must have thought. Posted 2 months ago
    1. I guess we will never know, lol. Posted one month ago
  4. I had never heard of them when I saw my first one in Germany - I was amazed, and looked it up as soon as I could (no Google in those days). I still find them amazing. Posted one month ago

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''Clathrus archeri'' , commonly known as Octopus Stinkhorn, is indigenous to Australia and Tasmania and an introduced species in Europe and North America. The young fungus erupts from a suberumpent egg by forming into four to seven elongated slender arms initially erect and attached at the top. The arms then unfold to reveal a pinkish-red interior covered with a dark-olive spore-containing gleba. In maturity it smells of putrid flesh.

Similar species: Phallales
Species identified by Paul Dirksen
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By Paul Dirksen

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Uploaded Mar 29, 2020. Captured Oct 8, 2017 16:40.
  • GT-N7100
  • f/2.6
  • 1/33s
  • ISO320
  • 3.7mm