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Fungi:> Basidiomycota:> Agaricomycetes:> Agaricales:> Agaricaceae:> Crucibulum, Cyathus, Nidula.
Bird nest fungi have small fruit bodies which are completely closed at first, then the top crumbles away, to leave a cup which contains spore-bearing tissue called peridioles. When raindrops land in the cup, the peridioles are propelled into the air, thus dispersing the spore.
Genus: Crucibulum
Crucibulum laeveCrucibulum simile
Genus: Cyathus
Cyathus novae-zeelandiae Cyathus novae-zeelandia
Cyathus striatus Cyathus striatus
Cyathus olla Cyathus olla
Genus: Nidula
Nidula niveo-tomentosa Nidula niveotomentosa
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