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Clathrus ruber

Clathrus ruber
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Copyright: Ishi Talmon (Ishi) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
Genre: Fungi
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-04-14
Categories: Fungi
Camera: Nikon D 80, AF-S VR Micro Nikkor 105mm 1:2.8G ED, 62 mm UV
Exposure: f/20.0, 1/40 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-08-28 2:22
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Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Clathrus ruber, commonly known as Latticed Stinkhorn, Basket Stinkhorn, or Red Cage, has striking fruit bodies shaped like a round or oval hollow sphere with interlaced or latticed branches. It emits a stench, resembling rotting meat (it also looks that way...), thus attracting flies and other insects to help disperse its spores. Clathrus rubber is a European species, but is widespread in Northern Africa, Asia, and Australia. It has been introduced to North America.

We found it in April in SW Rhodes, in just one spot on the northern slopes of the Akrimitis mountain. There are three adult open-cage specimens in the picture and one facetted egg-like young specimen in the upper left third of the picture under the green sprig.

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To euroblinkie: Thank you, Lou!Ishi 1 08-28 12:05
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Hi Ishi,

Nice shot of this extraordinary stinkhorn. I'm always amazed when I see a tropical / subtropical stinkhorn species, because they don't live in my home country (Hungary). Your note has a little desinformation (although it isn't your fault) saying Clathrus ruber P. Micheli ex Pers. is a European species. It's originating from India, and an adventive species in the Mediterranean region of Europe (+ elsewhere), firstly detected in the late 19th century outside of the original distribution area.

Tfs, have a nice weekend, László

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-08-28 2:49]

Amazing species with striking color, red. I never heard about this, well captured, tfs.

hello Ishi
very nice picture with great details and beautiful colours
greeting lou

Very vibrant looking shot, the bright red tones really seem to stand out well. The focus and DOF look good here too.
I also uploaded a Boletus today:)
Have a great sunday Ishi!


Hi Ishi,
A lovely capture of these beautiful stinkhorn. Lovely colors, sharp details and a nice composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hello Ishi,

i as fungi lover or flower lover must be giving a critique on this beatiful fiungi.
It's very rare in the Netherlands.
Good pov and detail with razor sharpness.
Fine colours.
Laszlo give an good explanation.


Hı ıshi,
Very nice capture and color.

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