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Never saw any of these before, but just now [late October 2018 ] there are several in a localized area under shade of trees.  We have had a good bit of rain lately.  Curious as to what these might be and of course are they good to eat and if so how best prepared?  Location Puerto Plata, Dom. Rep.

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Looks like a whiffle ball that was spray painted hot pink, ran over by a car and then stuck into the soil.

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That looks like Clathus ruber, a stinkhorn mushroom.  I'm not familiar enough with them to know if there are other similar stinkhorns.

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According to Mushroom Expert, there are two similar species of Clathrus that look like the one seen in this dicsussion. C. crispus has radial lines along the openings of the holes, and C. ruber lacks the radial lines. Otherwise, the two species are quite similar. 

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Thank you fellow followers of the form.  For a while there I feared you may have thought it a hoax.  I have not yet gone back to the area.  I will keep you posted.

Again thank you, this forum is terrific due the knowledge and persons imparting it.  So far no new mushrooms like this one have shown up.

 

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