iNaturalist Research Grade Observations
Catalog #: 10886800
Taxon: Sphaerobolus stellatus Tode
Family: Geastraceae
ID Remarks:

Cannon Fungus, Sphere Thrower

Confidence: As sure as can be; Reputation Score = 0.52442 EE; Is_Likely = True
Collector: lizziepop      
Date: 2009-08-30
Verbatim Date: 2009-08-30
Locality: South Africa, Gauteng, Moreleta Kloof Nature Reserve, Moreletapark
-25.8165  28.2811 +-1m.
Georeference Remarks: GEODETIC_DATUM_ASSUMED_WGS84
Description: Original observation #10886800 (iNaturalist)
Occurrence Remarks:

^Sphere Thrower^ - Cannonball fungus

An amazing experiment to test the fact that the Sphere Thrower ( Sphaerobolus stellatus) catapults its sporebag in the direction of light ( sunlight in nature) Size : 4mm diameter, growing on dead wood.Also known as Cannonball fungus or Artillery fungus.

Specimen Images
Rights Holder: © held by the observer (listed as 'Collector') at, with some rights reserved (CC BY-SA)
Record Id: 2cb2dc91-d9db-4fd1-a38b-533b61a98901
Occurrence ID (GUID):
For additional information on this occurrence, please contact: Ken-ichi Ueda (
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