Pseudocolus fusiformis (Stinky Squid)

This mushrooms has three or four separate tentacle like arms arising from the cup like base. The dark colored substance on the tentacles is a horrible smelling mass of spore filled goo. It attracts flies and other insects which then carry away the spores. They grow on decaying wood and plant material, in many cases on wood chip mulch beds similar to other stinkhorns. Also like other sink horns they arise from an egg shape sac. A large cluster of these “eggs” can be seen in the images below.