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Remarks (internal):It is extremely closely related to M. variegatus (Vittad.) Tul., a species of southern and central Europe, which differs mainly in producing broader and more ellipsoid, rather than oblong-cylindrical, spores, and yellow to orange, rather than off-whitish, tramal plates. In addition, M. broomeianus is regarded as having a milder and more pleasant odour. Melanogaster odoratissimus (Vittad.) Tul., known from Italy and Germany, is also very similar but with an odour recalling hyacinths. 
Description type:Non-original description 
Description:Melanogaster broomeianus Berk. apud Tul. in Ann. Sci. Nat., Bot. ser. 2, 19: 377, p1.17/23 (1843).
[Etym.: after the British mycologist, C. E. Broome]
M. variegatus (Vittad.)Tul. var. broomeianus (Berk.) Tul., Fungi Hypog.: 93, p1.4/5 (1851).
Gasterocarp 0.5-4 (-5) cm diam., globose to subturbinate, sometimes irregularly lobed or slightly flattened, occasionally laterally confluent, with a few, basal, mycelial
cords. Peridium distinct, initially ochraceous, pale greenish yellow to mustard yellow, then fuscous brown with a reddish tint, bruising purplish black, finely pruinose, often cracking rimose, 50-200 µm thick. Gleba at first pale sulphur yellow, soon reddish fuscous to purplish black at maturity; chambers fairly regular, developing last towards the basidiome base, at first empty becoming filled and gelatinized. Tramal plates dingy white to pale yellowish, of hyaline hyphae, 3-7 µm diam., thin-walled, with clamp-connexions, not gelatinized. Odour slight and pleasant, fruity, reminiscent of pears but becoming mildly unpleasant on decaying. Spore mass black, slimy. Spores 6.5-10.5 x 3.5-5 µm, narrowly oblong, ellipsoid or cylindrical, with an obtuse apex and broadly truncated base, dark fuscous brown, thick-walled, containing 1-2 guttules. Basidia 20-35 x 5-8 µm, clavate with a long, tapering base, bearing 2-5 short sterigmata. Subhymenial layer of loosely woven, gelatinized, narrow hyphae. Peridial context up to 700 µm thick, similar in structure to the tramal plates. Peridiopellis an epicutis of loosely woven hyphae, 3-18 µm diam., somewhat inflated, with a thickened (0.5 µm), brown wall, with clamp-connexions; terminal elements semi-erect, often clavate with an obtusely rounded apex, but never forming a trichodermiurn or epithelium. (Pl. 8C, 24 D-E; Fig. 25 H-J).
Selected descriptions and illustrations: Breitenbach & Kränzlin (1986: no.490); De Vries (1971: 37, figs. 95-96); Hawker (1954: 530); Hesse (1891: pl. 4/5); Massee (1899: 34); Rea (1922: 48); Sowerby (1814: p1.426); Svrcek (1958: 542, fig. 196); Tulasne & Tulasne (1843: 377, p1.17/23); Zeller & Dodge (1936c: 647).
This is probably the largest and most common species of Melanogaster. Originally described from England, it was formerly known in the Bath, Somerset area as the `Red Truffle' or `Bath Truffle', where it was eaten and sold in the markets. It grows under loose litter, usually in Fagus woods, near or sometimes on the surface, and possibly in large numbers. Svrcek (1958) described a variety, var. rubescens, from Czechoslovakia, which has broader spores, (7.5-) 8-10 (-11) x 4-5 (-5.5) µm.

 
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