Pilobolus sp. (Zygomycetes)
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Pilobolus species (Zygomycetes), obligate coprophil and grows on dung (here on wild boar dung at peatbog).
Dark brown sporangium is visible attached at the top of ballon-like vesicle. High pressure is created in sporangiophore of Pilobolus (7 athmospheres and more) and soon sporagnium is forcibly shot from the sporangiophore up to 2 meters distance! After that, spores attached to grass and other plant parts are eaten by herbivores.
About light and sporagnium: please notice yellow carotheoid pigment areas under the vesicle and in the top - ballon-like vesicle acts as a focusing lens, and light is focused via pigment areas. So, sporagniophore could grow precisely in the light direction.
Very interesting biology of this tiny fungus, if you are interested please check out following links:
Pilbolus in Zygomycetes website
Pilbolus in Wikipedia
"Torfowisko pod Ziele˝cem" peat-bog nature reserve.
Extension tubes and flash light used, because it is only about 2 mm in height. The moss is probably coprophile Splachnum sp., young gametophytes.
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It is indeed a very artistic way of showing a mushroom! ... good job, with excellent light and a stunning approach.
Regards, TFS, Jes˙s
Fantastic macro shot, I've never seen so nice photo of a Pilobolus. Excellent "micro-world" image, great sharpness on the zygomycota and the moss, and even you used flash, the light almost seems natural. Fine job, congrats and tfs.
Best regards, have a nice weekend, Wladyslaw
very nice composition with good details and beautiful colours
- [2010-10-17 12:26]
An excellent macro of this tiny fungus. The sporangium is seen with fine lighting and sharpness in a pleasing composition.
The note is excellent too with good information.
Thanks for posting this valuable contribution,
super zdjęcie tego grzyba. Gdzby nie Twoje zdjęcie nie wiedziałbym, że coś takiego istnieje. To jest siła TN. Dzięki za możliwość oglądnięcia czegoś takiego,