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Ghost Fungus at Tura Beach, NSW

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Omphalotus nidiformis at Tura Beach, NSW - 4 May 2019
Omphalotus nidiformis at Tura Beach, NSW - 4 May 2019

Identification history

Fungus Omphalotus nidiformis 15 Jul 2019 Pam
Fungus Omphalotus nidiformis 15 Jul 2019 Pam
Fungus Agarics 11 Jul 2019 Teresa
Unidentified 28 Jun 2019 LizAllen

Author's notes

Look asif they are going mouldy !

5 comments

Pam wrote:
   15 Jul 2019
I'm suggesting this species as a number of sightings of it species have come up over the last few months over the different sites. Your images, even though the specimens are old and mouldy, are showing some of the classic characteristics one would expect of this species. Though be aware that the micro fungus that is parasitising it will cause distortions to normal development. That dark coloured, purplish immature cap (pileus) which would at at maturity end up progressing to being the darker centre of a pale to whitish tones normally expected. There also appears to be a slight depression developing in the centre of the cap. The gills (lamellae) are decurrent, that is running down the stem (stipe), though the colour is more cream than normal due to it's state of decay. The stem (stipe) is also slightly tappering towards the base. Finally the growth pattern clustering up the truck of the wood. Hope this is of some help.
KerriLee wrote:
   15 Jul 2019
Interesting! I'm pretty sure I've seen Omphalotus looking similarly dark, dry and stunted. Shape-shifting fungi :)
LizAllen wrote:
   15 Jul 2019
I recognised the shape but was distracted by the colour ,thankyou.
Pam wrote:
   15 Jul 2019
KerriLee's great comment above seems very apt. It can all be very confusing at times............. But such fun trying to solve the puzzles! It's good to have these images that are a bit different as it gives us a wider understanding of the variation we may come across. Thank you for adding to our knowledge base with such distinctive images.
Pam wrote:
   15 Jul 2019
I feel confident to now confirm this 'Agaric' as Omphalotus nidiformis. If anyone has any reservations please let me know.

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Trametes coccinea (Scarlet Bracket) at Tura Beach, NSW - 3 Jun 2014
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Location

Location information

Species information

  • Not Sensitive
  • Local Native
  • Non-Invasive

Sighting information

  • 16 - 100 Abundance
  • 4 May 2019 12:01 PM Recorded on
  • LizAllen Recorded by
  • Website Reported via
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