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Copyright: Felipe Mateo and Cristina (extramundi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1880 W: 338 N: 4268] (13178)
Genre: Fungi
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-10-17
Categories: Fungi
Camera: Sony DSC-F717
Exposure: f/8, 1/8 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Mushrooms [Chapter 2], Setas de Galicia - Mushrooms from Galicia (Spain) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-10-18 14:17
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Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 40
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TYPE: Kingdom: Fungus
Phylum: Basidiomycota > Class: Basidiomycetes > Order: Agaricales > Family: Tricholomataceae( over 140 genera)
Genus: Marasmius > Specie: Androsaceus

The highest in this photo has 6 Cm, so you can guess the size of the cap and hight of smallest ones. It is growing directly on an eucaliptus tree leafe. This autralian tree and also pine tree has been planted in huges quantities where I live for paper, parquet and construction purposes, replacing our original atlantic forest which included species like oaks, chestnut, holly trees, hazels, cherry trees, etc, etc. :-( The eucaliptus, with the quantity of water we have here grows at an incledible speed, absorving all nutrients form the soil, and making it arid. Almost all the mushroom I posted where shot in the small pieces of original forest left, normally the one with bad access for forestal explotation. This one though took very good advantage of this stranger tree.

Marasmius species are distributed worldwide. Fungi that produce mushrooms, such as Marasmius belong to a group called the Agaricales. Mushrooms are also often called toadstools. The fungi of the Agaricales include species of mushrooms which are edible, but also those that are hallucinogenic or poisonous.

Among Marasmius species however, only a few are worth eating. Most are too small or have little flavor. Marasmius copelandii (the garlic mushroom) is very tiny, with an odor true to its name. Marasmius oreades is reported to be the only one that is delicious. Chlorophyllum molybdites is a common lawn mushroom. It is poisonous!!

Mushrooms produce sexual spores of the fungus. Under the right conditions the spores will blow to new locations, germinate, and establish a new colony. A unique feature of the threads or mycelium produced by Marasmius is the production of clamp connections. These are specialized branching structures that are useful for the recognition of basidiomycetes. All fungi that produce clamp connections are basidiomycetes, however some basidiomycetes do not produce clamp connections.

Hope you like!

This is all I could do with my limited F8 - 1/8 and my minitripod
PP: crop, levels, NI, frame, resize

PDP, RAP, Robbrown, Callie, japie, AndyB, marhowie, ellis49, CaptiveLight, gerhardt, Crypton, LordPotty, touristdidi, DuFrank, Andrieux, cicindela, fartash has marked this note useful
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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To Robbrown: Thanks, the leafe is eucaliptus.extramundi 2 10-18 18:47
To Callie: Eats directly the leafe.extramundi 1 10-18 15:08
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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2004-10-18 14:51]

Coincido con Paul.... esta especie y esta imagen son realmente para estar orgulloso Felipe.
Gracias por compartirla.

Wow so delicate they are amazing , and I can tell how small they are by how thick the leaves look. Any Idea what what leaf they are growing on?

Felipe, this looks like a SCFI scene on the thumbnail, maybe even like a Dali with the long legs! Great the way they grow/eat right through the leaf on the ground.

Fascinating species and interesting story. The branch at the back is a little bit disturbing.

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-10-18 17:10]

This is really interesting! I have never seen anything like this. I like the composition a lot and thanks for bringing me this shot.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2004-10-18 17:22]

Image pleine de légčreté. Superbe composition. Bonne profondeur de champ, sauf pour les champignons ŕ l'avant-plan mais qu'importe, je n'ai jamais rien vu de semblable. Félicitations Felipe.

Image full with lightness. Superb composition. Good depth of field, except for mushrooms in front but nevermind, I have never seen something similar. Congratulations Felipe .

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2004-10-18 19:13]

I've never seen this before.
Very well captured and with very good DoF.
The lighting is good and the detail excellent.
Great work,well done.

Felipe, Very delicate & interesting looking fungi. Just when I think I've seen just about every conceivable shape, size, form, etc. here comes something new and different! Very good notes, Very good job here!

Very good Felipe.
This is the first time I seen this.
Great composition , good DOF and details.
Very good and informative note.
Very good work.

Excellent detail, I've never seen anything like this before growing direct on the leaf, makes it absolutely fascinating. Thank you.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-10-19 4:49]

Wow! this is Excellent! I think it must be the most exciting fungi shot I've seen. Felipe, you have done yourself proud today.

Points tommorrow

You keep me suspended in this fairy tale world. The stuff you post stays facinating. Your contribution in this field is so valuable. Great work. Medal on the way! :)

trop jolie ces cahmpignon et surtout ils montre l'ingeniosité de la nature ;)
la pdc est les couleurs sont chouette.
merci ;)

Fantastic image Felipe!
Great close-up, clear and sharp, and accompagned with a really interesting info. Merci!

Such incrediable beauty....

Good shot! Nice composition and focus. And what an unbelievable sight! Those strange shapes. Seeing this image makes you realize that nature takes care of business, recycling the old and creating new. There's much to be learned from nature...

Lovely photo never easy to capture a fungi with a long stipe and very small cap. Those black stipes are a typical Marasmius feature.

I believe Marasmius sp have been move out of the Tricholomataceae family and now lie in there own Marasmiaceae family.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-01-09 12:16]

Felipe, another marvellous shot of fungi. Congratulations. Excellent sharpness DOF, POV and composition in order to depict adequately this rare scenario.

I'm really impressed.


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  • puciu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 16] (2631)
  • [2005-02-16 7:06]

Super! ¦wietne makro fajnie wyszły te "parasolki"

Dear Felipe!
A lot of positive things can be written about this picture but I will start from the title - it is just great! Simply - but so correct and true!
According to the photo I have to say that once again I can see muchrooms which are not known for me. And these are so tiny and small! Amazing macro with fantastic details, composition and note!
Bravo and TFS!
Best withes,

Hello Felipe
Very intersting shot of these tiny fungis,
Perfect details,DOF and lighting,Welldone.


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