This man thought that he found bird eggs but it turned out to be a “Devil’s Finger.”
Recently, scientists have estimated that there are approximately 8.7 million species on Earth and believe that 1-2 million of those species are animals. Also, scientists figured that there are still over five million species waiting to be found.
A man found what look like bird eggs in the wild but it was actually different. Devil’s Finger or Clathrus archeri is a striking species of mushroom originated from New Zealand and Tasmania, Australia. This fungus emerges from a partly buried white ball with a diameter of 2 to 3cm.
When its hands emerged, it looks like a large starfish-like fruitbody whose 4 to 6 (exceptionally 8) arched red arms are coated with a smelly gleba on the upper surface. The mature fruitbody is typically 20cm across with arms arching to 10cm in height. The bright red color makes this remarkable species very easy to identify.
Devil’s Finger mushroom starts to grow inside an egg sac and it does not grow on the ground unlike other types of mushroom. It has a vibrant color that is used to attract flies. According to the Encyclopedia of Life, Devil’s Finger is safe to be consumed when it is still in its egg form.
However, don’t try to eat when it has hatched and its tentacles sprouted from it. Nevertheless, the mushroom is said to have rotting flesh smell even when it is edible so it will not be pleasant to eat it anyway
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