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I’m out of town right now with stunningly crappy internet, but will try to redeem myself a bit with some scheduled posts. Mostly pictures (uploaded before crappy internet). We’ll have plenty of time to do some hardcore SCIENCE in the new year! =)

For this Friday, let’s do mushrooms. I’ve collected a few photos of these things while going out hiking, and spend way too much time staring at the ground and rotten tree trunks for my own good. Despite having a slight extracurricular obsession with mushrooms, I’m not very good at identifying them — can do genus if I’m lucky (ie, it’s obvious). But they’re alien and pretty to look at nevertheless, so I hope you enjoy! Remember, just as in the previous Frivolous Photo Friday where we witnessed a killing machine devouring a roach, these guys are not any more docile. Beneath the passive-looking fruiting bodies, the mycelium is busy exuding digestive substances into its surroundings, and soaking in the tasty remnants. Basically, the stomach of a fungus is its outside — and we’re all part of it, sooner or later…

First, some Jack-o-Lanterns. Apparently, they bioluminesce, but I haven’t yet seen that.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A couple thinly stalked Mycena sp.. This is a particularly understudied genus of tiny, yet elegant, finely-stalked mushrooms — some quite colourful, but most fairly pale. They still look cute close up though.

And here is something yellow with a seriously slimy cap. This is a young specimen, as the veil is still intact and hiding the gills. If this veil is finely net-like, these might be a Cortinarius sp., but I think the veil might be too densely fibrillar for that. Not that I really know what I’m talking about or anything, especially without half-functional internet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you have some ID or general cool mushroom stories to tell — comment away!

Psi Wavefunction About the Author: Psi Wavefunction is a graduate of the University of British Columbia working as a protist researcher (soon to be graduate student) at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and blogs about protists and evolution at The Ocelloid as well as at Skeptic Wonder. Follow on Twitter @Ocelloid.

The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily those of Scientific American.





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  1. 1. sodapopinski 11:22 am 12/29/2012

    I came across this evil-looking mushroom on a hike in the piedmont of North Carolina: http://www.flickr.com/photos/emilync/8274284708/

    I gave it the title “flower of death” but an amateur mycologist from New Zealand ID’d it on Flickr as an earth star of some kind. Here’s a different view: http://www.flickr.com/photos/emilync/8274285490

    Link to this

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