Oct 222013
 

Pseudocolus fusiformis is a fungi belonging to Phallaceae family & the common name is Stinky squid, this fungi or mushroom gets its common name as stinky because it generates foul rotten smell.

Pseudocolus fusiformis

Pseudocolus fusiformis

The Fruit body at first is a brownish to greyish egg-like stage which will be inside the soil, resembling a puffball with white rhizomorphs. When the outer wall (peridium) of the egg splits open, three to five slender tapering orange coloured arching arms rise from a common stalk.

Pseudocolus fusiformis

Pseudocolus fusiformis

The tips of the arms are often held together and the spore mass is distributed along the inner surfaces of the arms , Smell of mushroom caused by mucus greenish – black attracts insects to help spread spores & termed as sporulation . 

Pseudocolus fusiformis

Usually green bottled flies find the spore mass of stink horns irresistible. Found this during a nature trail near Bannerghatta National park.

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  1. wow… lovely pictures

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