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I can not find this is my Fungi ID book, if anybody in the know could help I would be most gratefull.

Thanks for looking.

Phil

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
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Recording media:RAW (digital)
Focal Length:300mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.7
Aperture:f/7.1
Shutter Speed:1/10sec
Exposure Comp:-4/3
ISO:200
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
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White Balance:Manual
Title:Unknown Fungi
Username:phil_j phil_j
Uploaded:30 Oct 2012 - 9:33 PM
Tags:Flowers & plants, General, Wildlife / nature
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Carl_Gough
30 Oct 2012 - 9:34 PM

That is a nice shot of an odd mushroom Smile

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johnjo58
johnjo58 e2 Member 4johnjo58 vcard United Kingdom5 Constructive Critique Points
30 Oct 2012 - 9:40 PM

Beautiful Phil, have no idea what it is
David

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tonyng
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30 Oct 2012 - 10:10 PM

This looks like a way past the sell-by date of a Fly Agaric. The texture of the stalk and those white bits on the cap could be the give-away signs of this specie. The image is a stunner with great light.

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phil_j
phil_j  8133 forum posts England4 Constructive Critique Points
30 Oct 2012 - 10:18 PM

Thanks Tony, I must admit that was my first thought, it was amongst a small batch of Fly Agarics, what made me think not was that normally the Fly agarics spread outward and curl up at the ends rather than hang ike this. I have emailed a fungi expert to try to get an answer.

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taggart
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30 Oct 2012 - 10:24 PM

Sharp and shiny, the cap looks to be painted with honey!

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richmowil e2 Member 5241 forum postsrichmowil vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
30 Oct 2012 - 10:50 PM

Super Image - great details where it matters!!

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CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
31 Oct 2012 - 6:11 AM

A fine image, Phil, I can see a couple of faces in it Smile Carol

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pluckyfilly e2 Member 8282 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
31 Oct 2012 - 8:54 AM

love the picture

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Glostopcat e2 Member 8232 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
31 Oct 2012 - 5:55 PM

A splendid specimen Phil, it may be worth pm'ing MossyOak, he's epz's fungi expert

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phil_j
phil_j  8133 forum posts England4 Constructive Critique Points
31 Oct 2012 - 6:42 PM

Mystery solved....I think.

I contacted an expert on fungi for his take on things, this was his reply:

Hello Phil,
Many thanks for contacting us.
I can't be 100% certain just from a picture, but I am pretty confident that the weird-looking mushroom that you found in a group of Fly Agarics is itself a Fly Agaric, or rather what remains of a Fly Agaric that has been attacked by one of the many micro fungi that feed on larger fungi (when slugs, maggots and other beasties don't get there first).
Why one mushroom in a group should be host to parasitic micro fungi while the others escape is a mystery - but then, animals vary in their ability to ward off parasitic attacks, too.
The cap is obviously 'on the way out', but the stem and ring are still in reasonable condition and match perfectly what we would expect of a Fly Agaric.
I hope this is helpful,
Best wishes,

Pat
Pat O'Reilly MBE
First Nature
Bwlchgwyn
Rhydlewis
Llandysul
SA44 5RE
Wales, UK

Last Modified By phil_j at 31 Oct 2012 - 6:43 PM

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