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Coprinellus micaceus

Coprinellus micaceus
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Copyright: Siegfried Potrykus (siggi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
Genre: Fungi
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-10
Categories: Fungi
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-10-08 10:47
Viewed: 1868
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Coprinellus micaceus is a common species of fungus in the family Psathyrellaceae with a cosmopolitan distribution. The fruit bodies of the saprobe typically grow in clusters on or near rotting hardwood tree stumps or underground tree roots. Depending on their stage of development, the tawny-brown mushroom caps may range in shape from oval to bell-shaped to convex, and reach diameters up to 3 cm (1.2 in). The caps, marked with fine radial grooves that extend nearly to the center, rest atop whitish stems up to 10 cm (3.9 in) long. In young specimens, the entire cap surface is coated with a fine layer of reflective mica-like cells that provide the inspiration for both the mushroom's species name and the common names mica cap, shiny cap, and glistening inky cap. Although small and with thin flesh, the mushrooms are usually bountiful, as they typically grow in dense clusters. A few hours after collection, the gills will begin to slowly dissolve into a black, inky, spore-laden liquid—an enzymatic process called autodigestion or deliquescence. The fruit bodies are edible before the gills blacken and dissolve, and cooking will stop the autodigestion process.
The microscopic characteristics and cytogenetics of C. micaceus are well known, and it has been used frequently as a model organism to study cell division and meiosis in Basidiomycetes. Chemical analysis of the fruit bodies has revealed the presence of antibacterial and enzyme-inhibiting compounds. Formerly known as Coprinus micaceus, the species was transferred to Coprinellus in 2001 as phylogenetic analyses provided the impetus for a reorganization of the many species formerly grouped together in the genus Coprinus. Based on external appearance, C. micaceus is virtually indistinguishable from C. truncorum, and it has been suggested that many reported collections of the former may be of the latter.(Wikipedia)

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Hello Siegfried,
Beautiful composition of fungi with excellent clarity and details.My regards_Joy

Hello Siggi,

Hope you are doing fine. I am back after a few weeks and really glad to see this wonderful shot of beautiful looking fungus here. As ever the note and the photo are both excellent. The sharp focus exposes the features of the fungus admirably and habitat is lush green. Thanks a lot for sharing a superb photo, my dear friend and neighbour .....take care....warmest regards/Abid

Ciao Siggi, lovely composition with beautiful fungi,fine details, wonderful natural colors and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

hallo Siegfried
super compositie with great details and beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou

Czesc Siggi,
ladne grzyby. Super ostrosc. Duzo szczegolow. Bardzo dobra kompozycja.

Hello Siggi,
Amazing compozition and colours.A beautiful group,good even light and excellent details.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-10-08 12:10]

Hello Siggi,
Fantastic sharp detailed photo taken from a very good low POV in beautiful colours and a great composition. A pity that it's a bit noisy in the background.

Hello Siegfried
fantastic picture excellent sharpness and colors, congratulations beautiful
Hello Vanni

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-10-08 15:41]

Hi Siggi,beautiful family,perfect to create one of the best fungi composition never seen on TN.Perfect pov,excellent expsoure and great details and colors.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Hello Siggi
Beautiful photo with very good composition and impressive sharpness. The lighting is fantastic!

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2012-10-08 23:43]

Hello Siggi,
Splendid photo composition with this Fungi species in this autumn, yes it is a common species also by us, thanks for sharing!

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2012-10-09 6:50]

Hello Siegfried
As usual beautiful composition and great low POV.Colors and light are great for that sharp image.Excellent text.
TFS Michel

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2012-10-09 7:16]

Looks very delicious...beautifully captured fungi. tfs.

Hello Siggi,
An excellent close-up with fine coloartion, details & composition. Well composed & presented with a great POV. Great work & TFS. Regards & best wishes!


Magnificent graphic show MF Siegfried! Best details and wonderful colours.


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