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Pedicel Puffball

By Glynn
Pedicel puffball or Lycoperdon caudatum grows to 2-5cm across and 3-6cm in height. Curiously it is covered in spines 1 to 2mm long single or converging at the tips and then gradually wearing off to leave a net like pattern. Quite Alien really but beautiful and really quite rare. Taken at the D&D meet in Laughton Woods last Sunday. The small one to the right is a Moss Aminita i believe, but i will be corrected if i am wrong.

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WB Cloudy (to add warmth)
Levels and cropped in Photoshop

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firzhugh 12 13 New Zealand
7 Nov 2009 9:30AM
Superb detail and tones

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LeeFisher 7 59 8 England
7 Nov 2009 9:31AM
great shot,
7 Nov 2009 10:07AM
Good shot.
7 Nov 2009 10:09AM
Beautiful image indeed Glynn !

7 Nov 2009 10:25AM
Some nice light allowing the detail to show really well.

Rgds... Dave
Wooly 11 112 4 England
7 Nov 2009 10:46AM
Cracking work Glynn. That little'n is a nice bonus.

chase Plus
11 1.1k 246 England
7 Nov 2009 10:48AM
Lovely stuff I.G. that little one makes the frame for me.
Glynn 11 1.2k 1 United Kingdom
7 Nov 2009 10:52AM
Thank you Cornelia, Fish, Scott, Chris, Dave, Alan & Janet.
Comments are always welcome
AlleyCatz 11 274 6 England
7 Nov 2009 11:50AM
Excellent group and macro I.G.
I like the I.G one also Wink

Shroomer 10 14 167 England
7 Nov 2009 3:18PM
1 word outstanding Glynn
Superb and that smaller one just makes this
Great work
Glynn 11 1.2k 1 United Kingdom
7 Nov 2009 4:26PM
Thanks Alison

WOW Richard, thank you very much really do appreciate the comments and award. Cheers
7 Nov 2009 4:43PM
I'm really enjoying the emergence of all these fungi. Sylvia
Shroomer 10 14 167 England
8 Nov 2009 9:59AM
Very worthy EC, congratulations Glynn
paulcr 12 1.5k 9 Ireland
8 Nov 2009 12:03PM
Wow, fantastic detail and the little one to the rightt really makes a difference to this. Paul
chase Plus
11 1.1k 246 England
8 Nov 2009 4:09PM
Cool...well done I.G Smile
AlleyCatz 11 274 6 England
8 Nov 2009 4:13PM
A big congrats on the EC .....I.G Smile Smile Smile

Glynn 11 1.2k 1 United Kingdom
8 Nov 2009 4:51PM
Thanks all very much appreciated
User_Removed 9 78 1 United Kingdom
8 Nov 2009 5:00PM
Congrats on the EC well deserved

8 Nov 2009 5:17PM
Best i seen...
MalcolmS Plus
11 1.2k 13 England
8 Nov 2009 6:51PM
Great close up details Glynn

Glynn 11 1.2k 1 United Kingdom
8 Nov 2009 6:55PM
Cheers Dave, Mara & Malcolm much appreciated all
wyatturp 11 2 England
8 Nov 2009 7:50PM
Thanks Doug you aint missed much my friend

Got that wrong,great picturesSmile

LesF 10 182 9
8 Nov 2009 7:53PM
The master does it again, really cracker this Glynn contrats on the badge think there may be another come Monday

Glynn 11 1.2k 1 United Kingdom
8 Nov 2009 7:58PM
Thanks Doug - PMSL mate
Thanks Les
bricurtis Plus
11 2.1k 49 England
8 Nov 2009 7:59PM
Stunning detail - love the little on with the water droplet.
Buffalo_Tom Plus
10 2.3k 9 Wales
9 Nov 2009 5:42AM
Superb one of the best images of this type this year.
Glynn 11 1.2k 1 United Kingdom
9 Nov 2009 8:55AM
Cheers Brian
Cheers Tom
Coleslaw 11 13.4k 28 Wales
9 Nov 2009 9:59AM
Congrats on the POTW.
LesF 10 182 9
9 Nov 2009 10:22AM

Quote:think there may be another come Monday

Congratulations Glynn on POTW this is so well deserved as you have put a lot of work into these shots, well done really pleased for you.

davidcollins 11 108 1 Scotland
9 Nov 2009 10:23AM
a very good shot well done on both the ec and potw.
Glynn 11 1.2k 1 United Kingdom
9 Nov 2009 10:52AM
WOW cant believe it.
Thanks to all EPZ members who have help me achieve POTW, you know who you are.
Really made up many thanks to all EPZ members for your help, guidence and inspiration over the years.
Benas 7 1 Poland
9 Nov 2009 11:07AM
excellent shot,

AlleyCatz 11 274 6 England
9 Nov 2009 11:11AM
Congrats on getting POTW I.G....You have worked very hard and all your efforts have paid off.
I am so pleased for you Smile Smile Smile


wyatturp 11 2 England
9 Nov 2009 11:30AM
Wooly 11 112 4 England
9 Nov 2009 12:26PM
Congrats Glynn. A very deserving image.

9 Nov 2009 3:29PM
Great macro work.
Shroomer 10 14 167 England
9 Nov 2009 5:10PM
Many congtaulations on POTW Glynn
jonah794 7 1.7k 11 United Kingdom
9 Nov 2009 5:22PM
Excellent shot!
Congrats on the awards Smile
Glynn 11 1.2k 1 United Kingdom
9 Nov 2009 5:46PM
Thanks Pawel, Alison, Doug, Alan, Kishan, Richard & Jonah
Much appreciated as always.
chase Plus
11 1.1k 246 England
9 Nov 2009 6:04PM
I.G,you have worked so hard for this award,I'm soooo pleased for you.
I gotta say it.....
....smooooooshies.... Smile
Glynn 11 1.2k 1 United Kingdom
9 Nov 2009 9:00PM
Thanks Janet
exposure Plus
12 4.5k England
10 Nov 2009 9:53PM
Beautiful detail and light Glynn and a big congratulations on your E C and Photo of the week Brilliant
Goggz 10 2.3k 72 Wales
10 Nov 2009 10:45PM
Hey Glynn, congratulations amigo!! A whole row of red & blue buttons Smile

A beautifully arranged and lit image!

Well done mate!

Cheers, Goggz
Glynn 11 1.2k 1 United Kingdom
11 Nov 2009 1:18PM
Thanks Pauline & Pete
Very much appreciated
allxdr 7
11 Nov 2009 5:22PM
absolutely love this shot, detail n warmth of shot is excellent, good work

Leif 12 722
11 Nov 2009 6:36PM
How did you conclude that it is L. caudatum? That species is exceptionally rare, and there are no confirmed records for England. It does not match the description in British Puffballs, Earthstars and Stinkhorns by Pegler et al. and I think that what you have is L. perlatum.
Glynn 11 1.2k 1 United Kingdom
11 Nov 2009 9:21PM
Good question please let me answer.
This species differs from the Common, dusky, stump etc visually by the remnents of the puffball as it leaves a net like pattern as this did and more common balls do not. Also, its size is a major governing factor with this species as it reaches maturity at 3 to 6cm in height, the others in the genus are larger. The long stalk is a give away too at maturity and the fact that it is found in Northern Europe and Scotland and England.
L. Perlatum 2.5cm to 7cm across and up to 9cm in height which my specimen i believe was not, but stand to be corrected.
I have told a university collegue the locatuion of this specimen for verification and infomation purposes and i am also aware that it is on the Red data list.
Can i just add that it is nice to get a comment that is constructive in a different way and for that i thank you.
Leif 12 722
11 Nov 2009 10:11PM
Glynn, many puffballs, including L. perlatum have a network pattern when the spines drop away and L. perlatum is not always a large species. You can see some examples here:


(Sorry to self publicise, but the photos do at least show the features clearly.) According to Pegler et al, L. caudatum has cream to yellow convergent spines, whereas those on your specimens are pyrimidal. Anyway, it is a pity you did not collect a mature specimen, as someone could have checked it under the microscope. I would be happy to oblige. Only the spore mass needs examining, at least as a first check.

By the way, you've done a good job of photographing them.
Glynn 11 1.2k 1 United Kingdom
11 Nov 2009 10:45PM

Quote:Sorry to self publicise

Please do i am all for it.

Quote:it is a pity you did not collect a mature specimen

I know. When i showed my image to a colleague,one of the questions was "have you got it " or similar - says it all really
Anyway i would like to think it is, but, have learned a lesson and when i am next in this location be assured that if i find a similar specimen,you and i can have a look under the scope over a pint or two and i hope you will take me up on this offer Smile

Quote:By the way, you've done a good job of photographing them
Thank you. do i get a click Smile
GillyB Plus
12 317 8 United Kingdom
12 Nov 2009 2:16PM
Many congrats Glynn such well deserving of all the awards Smile

Twiff 11 United Kingdom
14 Nov 2009 9:35PM
Stunning image, just love it.
AntHolloway 11 168 United Kingdom
18 Nov 2009 11:17PM
Good job on the POTW Wink

lobski 5 2 1 Philippines
5 Jul 2011 6:59PM
stunning macro shot!

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