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Colus hirudinosus  Cavalier & S├ęchier 1835
Taxonomical Classification:  Fungi / Basidiomycota / Agaricomycetes / Phallales / Phallaceae
Colus     Faqqiegħ tal-gaġġa
Further Information:
A scarce fungus found in garigue habitat. Up to 7cm long and vivid red color. Spore dispersal by flies. A saprobe species that is it survives by decomposing dead or decaying organic matter. according to stinkhorn expert D. M. Dring (1980). Colus pusillus (also known as Colus muelleri) is quite similar to Colus hirudinosus, and whether there is one variable species or several species with minor morphological differences is not clear. Fruiting Body: Initially a whitish to brownish egg-like structure, about 1-2 cm across, attached to white cords; rupturing, with the stinkhorn emerging as a cage-like structure, 5-8 cm high, of corrugated scarlet arms that fuse into a stem-like and slightly paler base composed of 4-6 vertical columns; the inner surfaces of the cage covered with foul-smelling, olive brown slime; the egg tissue creating a whitish volva.






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