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Mica cap

Mica cap
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Copyright: Jose Conceicao (jconceicao) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 369 W: 18 N: 842] (3174)
Genre: Fungi
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-10-23
Categories: Fungi
Camera: Canon 400 D, 18-55 Canon EFS, Hama UV 58 mm
Exposure: f/13.0, 1 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-10-23 11:24
Viewed: 3319
Points: 24
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Coprinellus micaceus

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

Coprinellus micaceus is a common species of fungus in the family Psathyrellaceae with a cosmopolitan distribution. The fruit bodies of the saprobe typically grow in clusters on or near rotting hardwood tree stumps or underground tree roots. Depending on their stage of development, the tawny-brown mushroom caps may range in shape from oval to bell-shaped to convex, and reach diameters up to 3 cm (1.2 in). The caps, marked with fine radial grooves that extend nearly to the center, rest atop whitish stems up to 10 cm (3.9 in) long. In young specimens, the entire cap surface is coated with a fine layer of reflective mica-like cells that provide the inspiration for both the mushroom's species name and the common names mica cap, shiny cap, and glistening inky cap. Although small and with thin flesh, the mushrooms are usually bountiful, as they typically grow in dense clusters. A few hours after collection, the gills will begin to slowly dissolve into a black, inky, spore-laden liquid—an enzymatic process called autodigestion or deliquescence. The fruit bodies are edible before the gills blacken and dissolve, and cooking will stop the autodigestion process.
The microscopic characteristics and cytogenetics of C. micaceus are well-known, and it has been used frequently as a model organism to study cell division and meiosis in Basidiomycetes. Chemical analysis of the fruit bodies has revealed the presence of antibacterial and enzyme-inhibiting compounds. Formerly known as Coprinus micaceus, the species was transferred to Coprinellus in 2001 as phylogenetic analyses provided the impetus for a reorganization of the many species formerly grouped together in the genus Coprinus. Based on external appearance, C. micaceus is virtually indistinguishable from C. truncorum, and it has been suggested that many reported collections of the former may be of the latter.

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hello Jose
very nice pose with good sharpness and great details
beautiful naturel colours
greeting lou

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-10-23 12:18]

Hello Jose,
A lovely capture of these little group of Ink Cups popping up amng the leaf litter. Excellent focus, great details and beautiful natural colours.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Ciao Jose. Bit OOF but good light and intersting wild environment.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-10-23 13:00]

Hello Jose,
Beautiful photo in very nice natural colours and good sharpness. Beautiful environment.

Bonjour Josi
Merci de partager cette photographie, j'aime bien les Champignons)
Couleur,lumière, mise au point et arrière-plan superbe tout est parfait.
Bravo et au revoir....JP

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-10-23 15:12]

Hi Jose,fungi's time in Portugal too as i can see..ehhe..beautiful macro taken from this very good low point of view,excellent sharpness and colors in a difficult light,very interesting and very well done.Thanks for share,have a nice Sunday,Luciano.

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2010-10-23 23:33]

Hello Jose,

The time of mushrooms is back in the country, this year see we a lot mushrooms through the much rain during October.
Nice group together middle of the nature.
Very well done, TFS.

Have a nice sunday,

Bonjour Jose,
Très belle valorisation des sujets dans leur environnement sous une bonne profondeur de champ.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Hello Jose,
Interesting capture with perfect focus and lovely colours.
Great details and very good clarity.

Hi Jose. This is a well captured mushroom in natural setting. The details are vivid in this almost monochromatic shot. Very nice selective focusing in bringing out the image in the frame. Thanks for sharing this great shot. Well done and have a great week ahead. Best regards - Jusni.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-10-25 7:12]

Hello Jose,
such a lively cluster with its surrounding well composed and intact.
Nice colour contrast too.


Ola José!

Tens aqui uma boa fotografia! muito bem exposta com cores bastante naturais! Parabéns!


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