Stinky Squid Pseudocolus fusiformis (E. Fischer) Lloyd  Synonyms: Stinky Squid Stinkhorn.

Status:

Found solitary or scattered on ground in parks, gardens, and borders of open woods.

Description:

Fruiting body: Yellowish or pinkish-orange fruiting body of 3-5 arms rising from a common base. Arms roughened, fused or free at tips. Stalk: Wrinkled and tough; volva grayish-brown, grayish-white, wrinkled and tough. Spore mass: Olive-green, on inner surface of arms, slimy, strong unpleasant odor (J. Solem, pers. comm.).

There are 28 records in the project database.

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Stinky Squid in Howard Co., Maryland (9/5/2011). Photo by Bonnie Ott. (MBP list)

Stinky Squid in Prince George's Co., Maryland (9/11/2011). Photo by Elizabeth Ingianni. (MBP list)

Stinky Squid (fruiting body) in Howard Co., Maryland (5/30/2009). Note the areas of gooey spores inside the arms. Photo by Robert Solem. (MBP list)

Stinky Squid growing in Montgomery Co., Maryland (9/30/2018). Photo by Bonnie Bell. (MBP list)

Stinky Squid (fruiting body) in Howard Co., Maryland (5/30/2009). Note that the mature spores attract a variety of insects. Photo by Wesley Earp. (MBP list)

Stinky Squid in Howard Co., Maryland (9/5/2011). Photo by Bonnie Ott. (MBP list)

Stinky Squid growing in Baltimore Co., Maryland (6/3/2017). Photo by Keith Eric Costley. (MBP list)

Stinky Squid growing in Baltimore Co., Maryland (6/3/2017). Photo by Keith Eric Costley. (MBP list)

Spores collected from a Stinky Squid specimen in Howard Co., Maryland (7/16/2014). Ellipsoid, smooth, hyaline; measured 4.0-4.5 X 1.6-2.8 microns. Photo by Robert Solem. (MBP list)


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