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The Phallaceae, or stinkhorns

The Phallaceae, or stinkhorns
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Copyright: bob cat (bobcat08) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 365 W: 19 N: 361] (1431)
Genre: Fungi
Média: Couleur
Date de prise de vue: 2006-09-21
Catégories: Fungi
Appareil photographique: Canon G5
Exposition: f/2, 1/25 secondes
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Versions: version originale, Workshop
Date de soumission: 2007-07-02 12:57
Vue: 4168
Points: 11
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Another photo I made in the Emmerdennen. That's a little forest North East above the city Emmen. The flies on the cap give already to that this fungi for these animals very attractive are.

The Phallaceae, or stinkhorns

The Phallaceae, or stinkhorns, are a family of basidiomycetes which produce a foul-scented, phallus-shaped mushroom. They belong to the order Phallales. Their method of reproduction is different than most mushrooms, which use the air to spread their spores. Stinkhorns instead produce a sticky spore mass on their tip which has an odor of carrion, dung, or other things that attract flies. The flies land on the stinkhorn and in doing so collect the spore mass on their legs and carry it to other locations.

These fungi are theoretically edible, but few people have the urge to consume such small, foul-smelling mushrooms. However, after frying in oil they have a fishy taste.

Stinkhorns develop from round structures called 'eggs', which do not stink. They can be seen in the photograph of Mutinus elegans and also in the following photo which shows one cut in half. You can see the whole mature fruiting body compressed into the 'egg' and ready to expand into its adult state.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stinkhorns

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Excellent shot of this Stinkhorn Bob.
I bet it smelled bad.
The exposure is good with plenty of detail.
I think it would have been worth moving the fine sticks or blades of grass between you and the fungi ("gardening" the site I think you call it). It also looks just a little blue. You can experiment with lowering the blue factor in pp and see what you think.
Very nice shot though.
A great additiopn to TNs fungi archives.
Cheers, Steve

Hello Bob,
Perfect sharpness on this stinkhorn !
good clarity with natural colour and much details
well done

I think Steve has said it all the out of focus foreground has ruined the shot. I might have had a go at cloning it out. Nice POV, TFS this interesting species.

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5551 W: 721 N: 4164] (11276)
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Hi Bob

A real stinker clearly from the presence of all the flies and other insect packing on it. (Have you seen it? It is sitting on the lower left area on the cap.)

The "item" (ok fungus) seems to be well past its sell-by date and probably knew better days, but you have captured it very well with great details and superb exposure. Sorry but I have to agree that the OOF stick in the foreground spoils the shot somewhat and it would have been better if you removed it. I notice that you've applied those suggestions made to improve the photo, but I would have been nice if you posted it as a workshop and in so doing straight away demonstrate the learnings you have gained from the shot. Just a thought though.

Anyway good work and TFS.

Hi Bob.
Excellent detail in the head of the fungus with the flies. Really well exposed for the darker end of the image which has slightly blown out the white stalk, but still has great detail throughout.
You can just about smell it from here with this detail.
I'll agree with the gardening, it would have helped as not to distract the eye.
Great shot,

New Zealand.

bonjour bob
a voir ce qu'il est ecrit c'est un champignon qui degage une tres forte odeur,vous avez été bien courageux de l'approcher ainsi.techniquement c'est bien,j'aurais juste retiré la brindille devans le pied de ce champignon.

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