Octopus Stinkhorn fungus

on 26th January 2015

“The Octopus Stinkhorn Fungus a.k.a. Devil’s claws and Witches’ claws (Anthurus archeri formerly Clathrus archeri) is endemic to Australia and New Zealand. It has however spread to Europe and America since the first World War, possibly due to the spores riding on artillery machinery and grass bales for horse feeds.

“We came across this population of stinkhorns when we thought that we were taking a closer look at some fallen flowers. On approaching them, a light foetid smell reminiscent of the Rafflesia flowers from the Malesian region was detectable. Then the unruptured eggs and black, slimy spore masses on the fungus told us that we had chanced upon stinkhorns.

“The video captures this population of stink horn at a few different stages of development. We noticed the number of arms varied and the terminal split along each arm varied in length as well. The photos and videos we have seen on the internet shows the arms of equal length throughout.

“This video was compiled from videos taken at the Domain, Auckland, NZ in October 2014. The ground was shaded and covered with wood chip mulch.”

Teo Lee Wei & K
28th December 2014

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YC Wee

Dr Wee played a significant role as a green advocate in Singapore through his extensive involvement in various organizations and committees: as Secretary and Chairman for the Malayan Nature Society (Singapore Branch), and with the Nature Society (Singapore) as founding President (1978-1995). He has also served in the Nature Reserve Board (1987-1989), Nature Reserves Committee (1990-1996), National Council on the Environment/Singapore Environment Council (1992-1996), Work-Group on Nature Conservation (1992) and Inter-Varsity Council on the Environment (1995-1997). He is Patron of the Singapore Gardening Society and was appointed Honorary Museum Associate of the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum (LKCNHM) in 2012. In 2005, Dr Wee started the Bird Ecology Study Group. With more than 6,000 entries, the website has become a valuable resource consulted by students, birdwatchers and researchers locally and internationally. The views and opinions expressed in this article are his own, and do not represent those of LKCNHM, the National University of Singapore or its affiliated institutions.

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