Species: Tubifera ferruginosa (Batsch) J.F. Gmel. (1792) Go Back
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Description  
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SPOROCARPS: A pseudoaethalium composed of numerous sessile sporangia crowded together, individual sporangia cylindrical to ovate, pale umber to reddish brown or purplish brown, up to 0.4 mm in diameter and 5 mm tall with the entire structure reaching 150 mm or more in size.

HYPOTHALLUS: well developed, membranous to spongy, colourless to pallid.

HYPOTHALLUS: membranous, thin, persisting in mature fruiting bodies except at the individual sporangia, where it tends to break away.

Tubulifera arachnoidea
The colour of the immature fruiting body is suppose to indicate species.
SPORES: Umber brown in mass, pallid by transmitted light, finely reticulated over three quarters of the surface, 6 - 8 µm in diameter.

PLASMODIUM:
Watery and colourless, becoming milky white then changing through rose to brown.
HABITAT: Decaying wood or wood debris, occasionally on forest floor leaf litter.

DISTRIBUTION: Cosmopolitan, known from Auckland, Taranaki, Bay of Plenty, Wanganui, Gisborne, Marlborough Sounds, Southland.
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Macro images  
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Tubifera ferruginosaScale bar  
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  Scale = 6 mm.
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Scale bar  
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  Scale = 0.3 mm.
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Tubifera ferruginosaScale bar  
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  Scale = 3 mm.
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Tubifera ferruginosaScale bar  
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  Scale = 2 mm.
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Tubulifera arachnoideaScale bar  
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  Scale = 2.5 mm.
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Tubulifera arachnoideaScale bar  
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Very old fruiting body. Scale = 0.12 mm.
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