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Lizard's Claw Stinkhorn
Anthurus borealis

lizard's claw, Anthurus borealisAs I was mowing my lawn I thought I had found another octopus stinkhorn, but on close examination I saw that it was significantly different.  The top part had been broken off, and partly eaten.  See how the stipe (stem) is chewed up. Some of the claws are broken off.

lizard's claw, Anthurus borealisHere is the bottom  part of the stipe, still in the ground.  Notice that the stipe is hollow, and has a characteristic shape to its cross section.

lizard's claw, Anthurus borealisHere is another lizard's claw which came up about a week later than the first.

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