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Octopus Stinkhorn

Octopus Stinkhorn
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Copyright: JeanMarie Mouveroux (Nephrotome2) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 599 W: 60 N: 660] (2538)
Genre: Fungi
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-11-02
Categories: Fungi
Camera: Olympus SP560uz, no lens, (digital), No Filter
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/2 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-11-05 9:40
Viewed: 4582
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Clathrus archeri
Octopus Stinkhorn
L' Anthurus d'Archer

It is indigenous to Australia and Tasmania and an introduced species in Europe and North America (since 1920). The young fungus erupts from a suberumpent egg by forming into four to seven elongated slender arms initially erect and attached at the top. The arms then unfold to reveal a pinkish-red interiour covered with a dark-olive spore-containing gleba. In maturity it smells of putrid flesh.
The pinkish-red color and fetid odour of the ripe fungus is thought to resemble decaying flesh and thereby attracting flies which unwittingly spread the gleba and thus the species.
The Octopus Stinkhorn is probably edible at the ‘egg’ stage, but it is not recommended.

There are only a couple of this fungi on TN. On this shot the gleba is well to be seen.

PP work: slight crop on the left, contrast adjusted with "curves", and saturation +20.

Thanks for looking.

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nice and ugly, TFS Ori

Hello JeanMarie,

Fantastic capture of this interesting mushroom.
Nice colours with excellent detail.
Good focus and sharpness.

hello Jean Marie
nice fungi
i like fungi's
good picture
greeting lou

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-11-06 6:14]
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Bonjour Jean Marie,
Il y trois semaines j'ai vu une émission sur le "Stinkhorn" et j'ai été très surprise d'apprendre qu'on le trouve aussi en Suisse. Il semble être très rare et tu as eu beaucoup de chance d'en trouver un.
Il me semble que tu tombes souvent sur des sujets très spéciaux!
Un grand merci et bon après-midi

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  • pertu Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 12 W: 0 N: 19] (102)
  • [2008-11-07 0:29]


Hi jean Marie,
A beautiful photo of a disgusting fungi.
I find shooting these is a less than pleasant experience owing to the smell.
I've posted a couple of these before.
Once I was called to a school in Hamilton where these had infested all the bark gardens.
There were so many that they had to take them away (with all the bark and topsoil) in a truck. The school was not able to haver the classroom windows open for some time.
I'll post another shot of them sometime.

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