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RHIZOPOGONACEAE Gäum. & C.W. Dodge (beard truffles)

Subtaxa (ie subgroups of this Family)

Suggested Literature

BioInfo BioInfo ( has 1 general literature references to RHIZOPOGONACEAE (beard truffles)

RHIZOPOGONACEAE may also be covered by literature listed under:

(living things)
(true fungi)
(spore droppers)
(a class of fungi)
(spongecap toadstools and their relatives)
Macromycetes Gasteromycetes Ectomycorrhizal fungi (via Rhizopogonaceae) Fungi s.l.

BioInfo BioInfo ( has 11 feeding and other relationships of RHIZOPOGONACEAE (beard truffles)

Further Information

Lab. techniques These are not puff-balls - they rely on animals eating them to spread the spores, so ripe spores can be found even while the fruitbody is soft and semi-gelatinised, though not if still white within.

The spores are coloured so show up reasonbly well, but the basidia seem to break up in ammonia and to resist staining by Cotton Blue in Lactophenol and Melzer's Iodine. Melzer's seems as good as anything.
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