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FungusAstraeus hygrometricus

1 Barometer Earthstar at Brogo, NSW

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Astraeus hygrometricus at Brogo, NSW - 30 Dec 2018
Astraeus hygrometricus at Brogo, NSW - 30 Dec 2018
Astraeus hygrometricus at Brogo, NSW - 30 Dec 2018
Astraeus hygrometricus at Brogo, NSW - 30 Dec 2018
Astraeus hygrometricus at Brogo, NSW - 30 Dec 2018

Identification history

Fungus Astraeus hygrometricus 29 Dec 2018 Teresa
Fungus Astraeus hygrometricus 29 Dec 2018 MaxCampbell

Author's notes

I'm thinking the network of lines on the rays might make this Astraeus hygrometricus an introduced Earth star. They turned up in a planted windbreak. (Of nursery derived, out of area Australian natives, and a Carob tree and a Cork oak) They were found under the Carob and the Cork Oak. Photo 4 - Shows desiccated remains taken several days later. Photo 5 - shows the Cork Oak under which the earth stars were found My ref for ID : "Tasmanian Fungi" (Gates and Ratkowsky) photo and description page 175.

3 comments

Teresa wrote:
   29 Dec 2018
A Fungimap Target Species. What a magnificent find. Lucky you! I have searched for this one for years and never been able to found it. Usually, it is associated with exotic trees, so your 'out of area Australian natives' would probably still fit the bill. The main identifying features of this species are the strong tessellated pattern on its rays and the large irregularly torn mouth (other species usually have a smaller opening). This earthstar is also strongly hygroscopic (sensitive to moisture). Fungimap will be very interested to learn of your find together with date, location, habitat, substrate and any other details you could provide. fungimap.org.au Again fantastic images and thanks for sharing
   30 Dec 2018
Hi Teresa - I've edited my original notes to include exotics (Cork oak and Carob) in the wind break trees. When I went back to check, I found desiccated remains under these and not under the natives. See my added photos 4&5. Sorry for the original misinformation. I've sent the photos and details off to fungimap.
Teresa wrote:
   30 Dec 2018
No probs. Thanks for including Fungimap

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(TBC) at Brogo, NSW - 31 Dec 2018 Lasioglossum callomelittinum at Brogo, NSW - 31 Dec 2018 Junonia villida (Meadow Argus) at Brogo, NSW - 30 Dec 2018 Desmodium varians (Slender Tick Trefoil) at Brogo, NSW - 30 Dec 2018 Zornia dyctiocarpa var. dyctiocarpa (Zornia) at Brogo, NSW - 30 Dec 2018 Lipotriches (Austronomia) australica (Lipotriches (Austronomia) australica) at Brogo, NSW - 26 Dec 2018 Colluricincla harmonica (Grey Shrike-thrush) at Brogo, NSW - 25 Dec 2018 Eolophus roseicapillus (Galah) at Brogo, NSW - 25 Dec 2018 Nyctophilus geoffroyi (Lesser Long-eared Bat) at Brogo, NSW - 22 Dec 2018 Larentiinae sp. at Brogo, NSW - 21 Dec 2018 Ptilonorhynchus violaceus (Satin Bowerbird) at Brogo, NSW - 21 Dec 2018 Haloragis exalata subsp. exalatata (Square Raspwort) at Brogo, NSW - 18 Dec 2018 Calvatia lilacina (TBC) at Brogo, NSW - 16 Dec 2018 Glycine tabacina (Variable Glycine) at Brogo, NSW - 16 Dec 2018 Wahlenbergia capillaris (Tufted Bluebell) at Brogo, NSW - 16 Dec 2018 Wahlenbergia gracilis (Australian Bluebell) at Brogo, NSW - 16 Dec 2018 Unidentified Moth (TBC) at Brogo, NSW - 16 Dec 2018 Oxalis sp. at Brogo, NSW - 14 Dec 2018 Epilachna sp. (genus) (a ladybird beetle) at Brogo, NSW - 14 Dec 2018 Aulacophora hilaris (TBC) at Brogo, NSW - 14 Dec 2018 Creophilus erythrocephalus (Devil's coach horse) at Brogo, NSW - 10 Dec 2018 Centaurium tenuiflorum (Branched Centaury) at Brogo, NSW - 9 Dec 2018 Zornia dyctiocarpa var. dyctiocarpa (Zornia) at Brogo, NSW - 9 Dec 2018 Dasypodia selenophora (Granny Moth or Southern Old Lady Moth) at Brogo, NSW - 7 Dec 2018 Diatenes aglossoides at Brogo, NSW - 26 Nov 2018 Unidentified Ant / Bee / Wasp (TBC) at Brogo, NSW - 20 Nov 2018 Leptomyrmex erythrocephalus (Spider ant) at Brogo, NSW - 20 Nov 2018 Lampropholis delicata (Dark-flecked Garden Sunskink) at Brogo, NSW - 19 Nov 2018 Zornia dyctiocarpa var. dyctiocarpa (Zornia) at Brogo, NSW - 6 Nov 2018 Myzomela sanguinolenta (Scarlet Honeyeater) at Brogo, NSW - 4 Nov 2018 Pomaderris brogoensis at Brogo, NSW - 2 Nov 2018 TIPHIIDAE sp. (Unidentified Smooth flower wasp) at Brogo, NSW - 1 Nov 2018 Alisterus scapularis (Australian King-parrot) at Brogo, NSW - 1 Nov 2018 Leucosarcia melanoleuca (Wonga Pigeon) at Brogo, NSW - 31 Oct 2018 Tiliqua scincoides (Eastern Blue-tongue) at Brogo, NSW - 22 Oct 2018 Chalcites lucidus (Shining Bronze-cuckoo) at Brogo, NSW - 22 Oct 2018 Falco (Ieracidea) berigora berigora (Brown Falcon) at Brogo, NSW - 19 Oct 2018 Rhinolophus megaphyllus (Eastern Horseshoe Bat) at Brogo, NSW - 17 Oct 2018 Nyctophilus geoffroyi (Lesser Long-eared Bat) at Brogo, NSW - 17 Oct 2018 Falco (Ieracidea) berigora berigora (Brown Falcon) at Brogo, NSW - 15 Oct 2018 Cacomantis flabelliformis (Fan-tailed Cuckoo) at Brogo, NSW - 11 Oct 2018 Philemon corniculatus (Noisy Friarbird) at Brogo, NSW - 11 Oct 2018 Rhipidura leucophrys (Willie Wagtail) at Brogo, NSW - 11 Oct 2018 Alisterus scapularis (Australian King-parrot) at Brogo, NSW - 11 Oct 2018 Chalcites lucidus (Shining Bronze-cuckoo) at Brogo, NSW - 11 Oct 2018 Macropygia (Macropygia) amboinensis (Brown Cuckoo-dove) at Brogo, NSW - 11 Oct 2018 Caligavis chrysops (Yellow-faced Honeyeater) at Brogo, NSW - 10 Oct 2018 Pachycephala pectoralis (Golden Whistler) at Brogo, NSW - 10 Oct 2018 Acanthorhynchus tenuirostris (Eastern Spinebill) at Brogo, NSW - 10 Oct 2018 Acanthiza chrysorrhoa (Yellow-rumped Thornbill) at Brogo, NSW - 10 Oct 2018 Acanthiza reguloides (Buff-rumped Thornbill) at Brogo, NSW - 10 Oct 2018 Pittosporum revolutum (Large-fruited Pittosporum) at Brogo, NSW - 26 Sep 2018 Litoria peronii (Peron's Tree Frog) at Brogo, NSW - 24 Sep 2018 Pittosporum undulatum (Sweet Pittosporum) at Brogo, NSW - 21 Sep 2018 Caligavis chrysops (Yellow-faced Honeyeater) at Brogo, NSW - 19 Sep 2018 Calyptorhynchus funereus (Yellow-tailed Black-cockatoo) at Brogo, NSW - 17 Sep 2018
Musca sp. (Fly) at Brogo, NSW - 30 May 2019
Boreoides subulatus (Wingless soldier fly) at Brogo, NSW - 28 May 2019
Oudemansiella 'radicata group' (Rooting Shank) at Brogo, NSW - 19 May 2019
Delias nigrina (Black Jezebel) at Brogo, NSW - 14 May 2019
STRATIOMYIDAE (Soldier fly) at Brogo, NSW - 2 May 2019
Cyptotrama asprata (Gold Tufts) at Brogo, NSW - 25 Apr 2019
Camponotus suffusus (Golden-tailed sugar ant) at Brogo, NSW - 24 Apr 2019
Ischnura heterosticta (Common Bluetail) at Brogo, NSW - 14 Apr 2019
Calyptorhynchus funereus (Yellow-tailed Black-cockatoo) at Brogo, NSW - 24 Mar 2019
Calyptorhynchus funereus (Yellow-tailed Black-cockatoo) at Brogo, NSW - 17 Mar 2019
Illeis galbula (Fungus-eating Ladybird) at Brogo, NSW - 9 Mar 2019
Trigonidomorpha sjostedti (Trigonidiid cricket) at Brogo, NSW - 9 Mar 2019
Epilachna sumbana (A Leaf-eating Ladybird) at Brogo, NSW - 9 Mar 2019
Eulamprus heatwolei (Yellow-bellied Water-skink) at Brogo, NSW - 7 Mar 2019
POMPILIDAE (Unidentified Spider wasp) at Brogo, NSW - 17 Feb 2019
Agaricus sp. (TBC) at Brogo, NSW - 16 Feb 2019
Hemicordulia australiae (Australian Emerald) at Brogo, NSW - 16 Feb 2019
Microcarbo melanoleucos (Little Pied Cormorant) at Brogo, NSW - 13 Feb 2019
Pholodes sinistraria (Pholodes sinistraria) at Brogo, NSW - 12 Feb 2019
ALYDIDAE (family) (TBC) at Brogo, NSW - 12 Feb 2019
Unidentified Fungus (TBC) at Brogo, NSW - 6 Feb 2019
Papilio anactus (Dainty Swallowtail) at Brogo, NSW - 4 Feb 2019
Musgraveia sulciventris (Bronze Orange Bug) at Brogo, NSW - 4 Feb 2019
Poecilopachys australasia (Two-spined spider) at Brogo, NSW - 4 Feb 2019
Lema (Quasilema) daturaphila (Three-lined potato beetle) at Brogo, NSW - 1 Feb 2019
Amata nigriceps (Tiger moth) at Brogo, NSW - 19 Jan 2019
Varanus varius (Lace Monitor) at Brogo, NSW - 14 Jan 2019
CRABRONIDAE (Unidentified crabronid wasp) at Brogo, NSW - 12 Jan 2019
Unidentified Fungus (TBC) at Brogo, NSW - 12 Jan 2019
Coprinus sp. (Coprinus) at Brogo, NSW - 12 Jan 2019
Cyathus stercoreus (TBC) at Brogo, NSW - 12 Jan 2019
Panaeolus sp (Panaeolus) at Brogo, NSW - 12 Jan 2019
Orthetrum caledonicum (Blue Skimmer) at Brogo, NSW - 12 Jan 2019
Ischnura heterosticta (Common Bluetail) at Brogo, NSW - 11 Jan 2019
Dasypodia selenophora (Granny Moth or Southern Old Lady Moth) at Brogo, NSW - 9 Jan 2019
Polistes (Polistella) humilis (Common Paper Wasp) at Brogo, NSW - 4 Jan 2019
ASILIDAE (family) (Robber fly) at Brogo, NSW - 4 Jan 2019
CECIDOMYIIDAE (family) (TBC) at Brogo, NSW - 31 Dec 2018
Adoxia sp. (Leaf beetle) at Brogo, NSW - 31 Dec 2018
Diphucephala sp. (Diphucephala scarab beetle) at Brogo, NSW - 31 Dec 2018
Lasioglossum sp. (A native bee) at Brogo, NSW - 31 Dec 2018
Amphirhoe sloanei (A longhorn or longicorn beetle) at Brogo, NSW - 31 Dec 2018
ASILIDAE (family) (Robber fly) at Brogo, NSW - 31 Dec 2018
Unidentified Ant / Bee / Wasp (TBC) at Brogo, NSW - 31 Dec 2018
Lasioglossum sp. (TBC) at Brogo, NSW - 31 Dec 2018
Lasioglossum callomelittinum at Brogo, NSW - 31 Dec 2018
Junonia villida (Meadow Argus) at Brogo, NSW - 30 Dec 2018
Desmodium varians (Slender Tick Trefoil) at Brogo, NSW - 30 Dec 2018
Zornia dyctiocarpa var. dyctiocarpa (Zornia) at Brogo, NSW - 30 Dec 2018
Lipotriches (Austronomia) australica (Lipotriches (Austronomia) australica) at Brogo, NSW - 26 Dec 2018
Colluricincla harmonica (Grey Shrike-thrush) at Brogo, NSW - 25 Dec 2018
Eolophus roseicapillus (Galah) at Brogo, NSW - 25 Dec 2018
Nyctophilus geoffroyi (Lesser Long-eared Bat) at Brogo, NSW - 22 Dec 2018
Larentiinae sp. at Brogo, NSW - 21 Dec 2018
Ptilonorhynchus violaceus (Satin Bowerbird) at Brogo, NSW - 21 Dec 2018
Haloragis exalata subsp. exalatata (Square Raspwort) at Brogo, NSW - 18 Dec 2018
Calvatia lilacina (TBC) at Brogo, NSW - 16 Dec 2018
Glycine tabacina (Variable Glycine) at Brogo, NSW - 16 Dec 2018
Wahlenbergia capillaris (Tufted Bluebell) at Brogo, NSW - 16 Dec 2018
Wahlenbergia gracilis (Australian Bluebell) at Brogo, NSW - 16 Dec 2018
Unidentified Moth (TBC) at Brogo, NSW - 16 Dec 2018
Oxalis sp. at Brogo, NSW - 14 Dec 2018
Epilachna sp. (genus) (a ladybird beetle) at Brogo, NSW - 14 Dec 2018
Aulacophora hilaris (TBC) at Brogo, NSW - 14 Dec 2018
Creophilus erythrocephalus (Devil's coach horse) at Brogo, NSW - 10 Dec 2018
Centaurium tenuiflorum (Branched Centaury) at Brogo, NSW - 9 Dec 2018
Zornia dyctiocarpa var. dyctiocarpa (Zornia) at Brogo, NSW - 9 Dec 2018
Dasypodia selenophora (Granny Moth or Southern Old Lady Moth) at Brogo, NSW - 7 Dec 2018
Diatenes aglossoides at Brogo, NSW - 26 Nov 2018
Unidentified Ant / Bee / Wasp (TBC) at Brogo, NSW - 20 Nov 2018
Leptomyrmex erythrocephalus (Spider ant) at Brogo, NSW - 20 Nov 2018
Lampropholis delicata (Dark-flecked Garden Sunskink) at Brogo, NSW - 19 Nov 2018
Zornia dyctiocarpa var. dyctiocarpa (Zornia) at Brogo, NSW - 6 Nov 2018
Myzomela sanguinolenta (Scarlet Honeyeater) at Brogo, NSW - 4 Nov 2018
Pomaderris brogoensis at Brogo, NSW - 2 Nov 2018
TIPHIIDAE sp. (Unidentified Smooth flower wasp) at Brogo, NSW - 1 Nov 2018
Alisterus scapularis (Australian King-parrot) at Brogo, NSW - 1 Nov 2018
Leucosarcia melanoleuca (Wonga Pigeon) at Brogo, NSW - 31 Oct 2018
Tiliqua scincoides (Eastern Blue-tongue) at Brogo, NSW - 22 Oct 2018
Chalcites lucidus (Shining Bronze-cuckoo) at Brogo, NSW - 22 Oct 2018
Falco (Ieracidea) berigora berigora (Brown Falcon) at Brogo, NSW - 19 Oct 2018
Rhinolophus megaphyllus (Eastern Horseshoe Bat) at Brogo, NSW - 17 Oct 2018
Nyctophilus geoffroyi (Lesser Long-eared Bat) at Brogo, NSW - 17 Oct 2018
Falco (Ieracidea) berigora berigora (Brown Falcon) at Brogo, NSW - 15 Oct 2018
Cacomantis flabelliformis (Fan-tailed Cuckoo) at Brogo, NSW - 11 Oct 2018
Philemon corniculatus (Noisy Friarbird) at Brogo, NSW - 11 Oct 2018
Rhipidura leucophrys (Willie Wagtail) at Brogo, NSW - 11 Oct 2018
Alisterus scapularis (Australian King-parrot) at Brogo, NSW - 11 Oct 2018
Chalcites lucidus (Shining Bronze-cuckoo) at Brogo, NSW - 11 Oct 2018
Macropygia (Macropygia) amboinensis (Brown Cuckoo-dove) at Brogo, NSW - 11 Oct 2018
Caligavis chrysops (Yellow-faced Honeyeater) at Brogo, NSW - 10 Oct 2018
Pachycephala pectoralis (Golden Whistler) at Brogo, NSW - 10 Oct 2018
Acanthorhynchus tenuirostris (Eastern Spinebill) at Brogo, NSW - 10 Oct 2018
Acanthiza chrysorrhoa (Yellow-rumped Thornbill) at Brogo, NSW - 10 Oct 2018
Acanthiza reguloides (Buff-rumped Thornbill) at Brogo, NSW - 10 Oct 2018
Pittosporum revolutum (Large-fruited Pittosporum) at Brogo, NSW - 26 Sep 2018
Litoria peronii (Peron's Tree Frog) at Brogo, NSW - 24 Sep 2018
Pittosporum undulatum (Sweet Pittosporum) at Brogo, NSW - 21 Sep 2018
Caligavis chrysops (Yellow-faced Honeyeater) at Brogo, NSW - 19 Sep 2018
Calyptorhynchus funereus (Yellow-tailed Black-cockatoo) at Brogo, NSW - 17 Sep 2018

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Location

Location information

  • Coordinates 149.761745-36.577450
  • Places Brogo, NSW

Species information

  • Not Sensitive
  • Exotic
  • Non-Invasive

Sighting information

  • 4 - 15 Abundance
  • 30 Dec 2018 10:23 AM Recorded on
  • MaxCampbell Recorded by
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