Scleroderma?

Please try to include photos to show all parts of the fungus, eg top, stem, and gills.
Note any smells, and associated trees or plants (eg oak, birch). A spore print can be very useful.
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NickWood
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Scleroderma?

Post by NickWood » Sun Sep 23, 2018 6:41 pm

Help needed with identifying, what I feel fairly sure is, a Scleroderma species.
Found in a small cluster, with several outlying fruit-bodies, on dry, low-vegetation path through scrub in deciduous woodland (mainly birch and oak).
Fruit-bodies 3.5 – 8cm, roughly potato-shaped, light ochre, with crazed surface. Usually one large, ripped vent (as with first image) with several smaller holes. Inset in first image shows the extremely distorted surface of another fruit-body close by.
Specimen examined: fruit-body 3.5cm across, 5cm for top to base of stout rooting stalk.
Spore-mass dull dark brown (not purplish). Spores globose, 8 – 11.5 μm, spines up to approx. 0.8μm. EDF image of spores, with inset to show spines a little more clearly.
My guess is a Scaly Earthball - Scleroderma verrucosum?
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