Tom Volk's Fungus of the Month for April 2003

It's a Mycological Easter egg hunt, a gathering of mushrooms that come from eggs!

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In honor of Easter, I've made a fun interactive page for you. See if you can find some mycological eggs in the montage below. You can click on any egg in the picture and it will take you to another page, where you can learn more about the fungus. Unlike some real Easter egg hunts, you shouldn't have too much trouble finding the eggs on this page-- unless you're one of those people who can't even find Waldo...

You will be surprised at the wide variety of fungi that start out (or even end up) in the shape of an egg. Many of these fungi emerge from the egg in the form of a mushroom or some sort of stinkhorn. Others may just continue to enlarge and release their internally-borne spores after disruption by some outside mechanical or biological force. Some even produce microscopic eggs. Others are just egg-shaped at some point on their development.

After clicking on an egg and reading about the fungus on a new page, use the back button on your browser to return to this page for more hunting. I hope you'll enjoy clicking through this mycological Easter egg hunt!

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A mycological Easter egg hunt

I hope you have a Happy Easter!

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Return to Tom Volk's Fungus of the month pages listing Volvariella bombycina Calvatia cyathiformis Trichola magnivelare with Annette Kretzer Saprolegnia oogonium with oospores Mutinus elegans, the dog stinkhorn Amanita muscaria, the fly agaric Dictyophora duplicata, the netted stinkhorn Crucibulum vulgare, bird's nest fungus Lycogala epidendrum, wolf's milk slime mold Lycogala epidendrum, wolf's milk slime mold Amanita fulva, the tawny grisette Phytophthora infestans oospore, late blight of potato Clathrus columnatus, the stinky squid stinkhorn Scleroderma citrinum, the poison pigskin puffball Calvatia craniformis, the skull puffball Tuber gibbosum, the Oregon white truffle Amanita caesarea, Caesar's mushroom Lycoperdon pyriforme, the pear shaped wolf-fart puffball