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30 Oct 2012 9:34PM
That is a nice shot of an odd mushroom Smile

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johnjo58 7 2 5 United Kingdom
30 Oct 2012 9:40PM
Beautiful Phil, have no idea what it is
tonyng 8 10 2 United Kingdom
30 Oct 2012 10:10PM
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.
phil_j 11 134 4 England
30 Oct 2012 10:18PM
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.
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
30 Oct 2012 10:24PM
Sharp and shiny, the cap looks to be painted with honey!
richmowil Plus
9 334 2 England
30 Oct 2012 10:50PM
Super Image - great details where it matters!!
CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
31 Oct 2012 6:11AM
A fine image, Phil, I can see a couple of faces in it Smile Carol
pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
31 Oct 2012 8:54AM
love the picture
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
31 Oct 2012 5:55PM
A splendid specimen Phil, it may be worth pm'ing MossyOak, he's epz's fungi expert
phil_j 11 134 4 England
31 Oct 2012 6:42PM
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 O'Reilly MBE
First Nature
SA44 5RE
Wales, UK

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