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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.
That is a nice shot of an odd mushroom
Beautiful Phil, have no idea what it is
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.
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.
Sharp and shiny, the cap looks to be painted with honey!
Super Image - great details where it matters!!
A fine image, Phil, I can see a couple of faces in it Carol
love the picture
A splendid specimen Phil, it may be worth pm'ing MossyOak, he's epz's fungi expert
Mystery solved....I think.
I contacted an expert on fungi for his take on things, this was his reply:
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,
Pat O'Reilly MBE
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