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Copyright: Grzegorz Wieczorek (red45) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
Genre: Fungi
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-09-12
Categories: Fungi
Camera: Canon EOS 400D, Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 APO DG Macro
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-11-07 11:01
Viewed: 6831
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This fungus looks like taken from horror movies. I bet every zombie would eat it - it looks better than fresh human brain :-) But seriously - this is very rare and interesting specie which I found accidentally in beech forest in Botanic Garden. I took tons of photos of fungi in September and spotted this one just at home at my PC. After consultations on our Polish fungi forum I went to The Garden next day and did many photos of our todays subject. Lately I started to looking for more info about it on Internet and - big surprise - I found very little information, at least in English and Polish.

So - myco-detectives - little quiz for you - what is the name of this specie?

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To Hormon_Manyer: Laszlo!red45 1 11-08 08:37
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hello Grzegorz
this is a (BEAUTY)of a fungi wich i like
great sharpness and good details
very nice colours
the name?is he BIG?
maybe Gyromitra Gigas if the colours from white to light brown to brown
greeting lou

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-11-07 12:12]

Hello Greg,
Yes this does look like a scene from a horror film: one monster engulfing another!
I've no idea what the ID is but it is a fine capture of both the slime fungus and the one below it. Perhaps our friend László can help on this one.
Thanks and have a good week in your warm country!:))

What an interesting ans spectacular mushroom Greg! As you said, it looks like a brain:) indeed. Technically perfect and neat macro MF!
By the way nice to see you after a long break again:)
TFS and have a nice new week!


Greg, this sure is a very curious bit of Fungus and your thought assiciation of it with a human brain fits.
I'm no fungus expert, so all I have to say is that this is very realistic capture verging on three dimensional.
Thanks and regards.

Hi Grzegorz. You are right about the first sentence in your notes. It also looks like the brain removed from the skull. The capture is brilliant with details so well defined. Great find and thanks for sharing. Jusni

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-11-08 5:19]

Hello Greg,
Good to see a post from you and a very interesting one too! As regards the shape I agree with Laurens but the white colour is odd!
An excellent capture, very sharp and the colours in this composition are beautiful. I wouldn't eat it though!!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Hi Grzeg,

The upper bunch of fungi is a parasitic species named Syzygospora tumefaciens (Ginns & Sunhede) Ginns, which is infecting mostly the fruitbodies of Collybia genera sensu lato. Hard to identify the infected fruitbody though, probably Rhodocollybia maculata (Alb. & Schwein.) Singer. Excellent shot and post, Dr. Watson. :)

Friendly regards, Wladek

Bonjour Grzegorz,
Très bonne restitution de ce mystère de la nature ; merci pour le partage.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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