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Collopus epipterygius

Collopus epipterygius
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Copyright: Steve Reekie (LordPotty) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1381 W: 144 N: 3872] (12503)
Genre: Fungi
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-05-07
Categories: Fungi
Camera: Canon Powershot SX10IS
Exposure: f/8
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-07-31 6:25
Viewed: 5939
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This attractive little fungi is found in many countries throughout the world.
In New Zealand it is found mainly during the autumn months between March and June.

Here is all the technical stuff from the Landcare Research site ...

Collopus epipterygius
Mycena epipterygia
Agaricus epipterygius
Present in region - Indigenous. Non endemic

Article: Massee, G.E. (1899) [1898]. The fungus flora of New Zealand. Transactions and Proceedings of the New Zealand Institute 31: 282–349 Wellington:.
Description: Pileus membranaceous, campanulate, obtuse, becoming more or less expanded, never truly depressed, striate, covered with a pellicle that is very viscid in wet weather and easily separable in every atmospheric condition, colour variable, usually grey, or often pale yellowish-green near the margin, which is often minutely notched when young, 1-2.5 cm. across; gills adnate, with a decurrent tooth, thin, whitish or with a tinge of grey; spores elliptical, 8-10 x 4-5 µ; stem 5-10 cm. long, about 2 mm. thick, hollow, tough, often wavy, base rooting and fibrillose, even, viscid, usually yellowish but sometimes grey, pallid, or whitish.
Habitat: On branches, twigs, among moss, &c.
Distribution: New Zealand. Europe, Siberia, United States.
Notes: Solitary or clustered. Colour variable, but readily known by the viscid pileus, and stem, both being furnished with a slimy separable pellicle.

Article: Horak, E. (1971). A contribution towards the revision of the Agaricales (Fungi) from New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Botany 9(3): 403-462 (http://www.rsnz.org/publish/abstracts.php).
Notes: Several species belonging to the genus Collopus are represented in New Zealand, all of them closely related to the extremely variable C. epipterygius. Examined material: KIRK 20, BERGGREN 18; COLENso b 847.

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Hi Steve
You obviously had good winter rains. The whole environment appears like moist jelly!

The fungi look like a prearranged ballet - amazing to see them in a row...

The depth of field is tremendous: every little bit of fungi as well as the ground cover in perfect focus!

The natural colours are a great bonus; the whole image is a pleasure to view.

Enjoy the rest of your week-end
Kind regards

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-07-31 7:03]

Hello Steve,
Very beautiful photo of these fragile fungi taken from a perfect POV. Great sharpness, natural colours and DOF. Beautiful environment.
Have a nice weekend,

This one looks like the Mycena epipterigia but in big! :)
Perfect plecement to get advantage of natural light, and great composition showing the enviroment. Lovely details too.
An interesting specie.
Thanks and regards, Felipe.

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2010-07-31 8:36]

Bonjour Steve, another excellent shot of fungi, the light is beautiful. I like the very low pov giving us a chance to become the fungi as well or feel what it is to be one...

well, nice picture, beautiful composition. Glad to see your work here.


Namastay Steve,
A very beautiful fungi and you have captured it very well. Excellent view with good details. Thanks a lot for sharing.


Hi, Steve,
I like the composition and especially the brightness and the success of brown and green.

Hi Steve,
Nice to see you back in action again. I hope all is well and that you have many wonderful photos to show.
I like you low POV in this photo and the way you grouped these fungi into one composition. The light is well controlled and you captured them with pretty good detail.

hello Steve
very good picture with great details and good sharpness
beautiful colours and nice pose of this group
greeting lou

Hi Steve,

An expertly taken capture of these capped-beauties on the mossy background from a nice vantage point with impeccable details and clarity! Great DOF/POV and fine composition too.
TFS and have a nice night and sunday MF!


Excellent exposure and color Steve, amazing DOF with your cam at F/8.
I like the overall comp that brings in the BG environment here..
Excellent info too, well done my friend! :)

Hallo Steve,
a very beautiful macro shot of fungi, superb sharpness and bright colours, excellent POV and a very nice composition with a splendid underbrush atmosphere.
Best regards

Hello Steve,
Something always have your photos of fungi, this great power to convey the surrounding conditions! ... this picture is a clear example of that! Good job! ... This makes me remember 2009, the first time I saw photos of fungi from you, I could almost see the climate in which the photos were taken.
TFS, Regards, Jesús

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-08-02 0:36]

Hello Lord,
such a moist caps and lively softness rendered in this special shot. how i like you produced a very low angle showing the surroundings. i like your mossy view of the trees and the foreground.
what a place to enjoy mosses and lichen, and not forgetting the lovely fungi.
nice view in a well composed shot.


Hi Steve

Fantastic shot, the light is perfect and the details are extraordinary. Great OOF forest in teh background. Well composed and presented.


Hi Steve,

Even the closest fruitbodies became a very little bit out of focus, a magical image without doubt due to the lights and the great warm colors. You show the habit of the species very well. Tfs this pleasant view MF.

I don't really understand the taxonomical infos in your note. You wrote "several species belonging to the genus Collopus..." - beside this, now invalid synonym there is / was only ONE species in this genus ever: Collopus subviscosus (G. Stev.) E. Horak (valid taxon). Current name of Your species is Mycena epipterygia (Scop.) Gray (within Mycena genus it belongs to the section Hygrocyboideae), and as You correctly wrote, an extremely variable species with cosmopolitan distribution.

Friendly regards, László

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