Dog Stinkhorn

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This is a mushroom called the "Dog Stinkhorn" (Mutinus Elegans), which, aside from its appearance, is notable by its foul odor and wet, sticky surface. The strong carrion smell attracts insects, which in turn disperse spores, which stick to their feet. It was photographed in the Finger Lakes Region of New York State.


Dog Stinkhorn

Aussie J - May 07, 2015 05:55 AM EDT
Just photographed one in my front garden. Found it when weeding and the smell was rather awful! First time I saw one like this.
whittler113 - Sep 30, 2008 06:13 PM EDT
A great shot of that stinky one.
A.Lovely - Jan 12, 2008 06:50 PM EDT
Wow! I have had them in areas around my home. Yes, they do stink. Great capture of these stinkers.
Guest - Jan 08, 2007 01:37 AM EDT
Cool! I found one growing beside our porch when I was a kid. Smelled it long before I found it. I still remember the stench, putrid would be a compliment for these stinkers. Great shot Alfresco! Don
Guest - Jan 07, 2007 06:02 AM EDT
Very weird, we don't have these over here.
Guest - Jan 06, 2007 05:46 PM EDT
Great shot of a very weird fungus. I've seen them in England, although not this species with its pink "stalk", which makes it look even more, well, er, even more!!
Guest - Jan 06, 2007 05:26 PM EDT
I think I can smell it through the screen,LOL!This is quite a specimen.Wonderful look into the world of mushrooms.

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