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Hi, I'm Jacob. I love all walks of life, but I have a soft spot for mycology, and I like to post pictures of cool fungi I find sometimes. I'll specify if pictures are mine in the tags. Hit Counters


Phyllotopsis Nidulans Cluster 

I went on a great, slow, long hike in the frozen, wet woods today. Glorious.

(Mount Tamalapais, California - 12/2013)


Amanita regalis | ©Ditte Bandini   (Thüringen, Germany)

Common names: Royal fly agaric, King of Sweden Amanita, Brown Fly Agaric.

Amanita regalis (Agaricales - Amanitaceae) is quite common in Scandinavia and occurs also in some eastern European countries as well as in North America, where it is currently recorded only from Alaska. Apart from cap color it is similar in size and form to the red Fly Agaric, and  is also hallucinogenic and can cause sickness and other distressing effects if it is eaten [1].

Amanita regalis has been at times been considered a variety of Amanita muscaria; but the unusual range of color is very consistent; and Scandinavian mycologists who know it well consider it a separate species with no evidence of interbreeding with A. muscaria. It seems to have a more limited and northerly range than does A. muscaria despite the fact that the two ranges substantially overlap [2].


Macrolepiota clelandii.

On the Lady Barron Falls track, Mount Field National Park, Tasmania


From reddit user tubergibbosum :

"Birds Nest Fungus

The “nests” are >1cm in diameter

The “eggs” inside are called peridioles, and are little packets of spores

The reason for the shape of a nest filled with eggs is spore dispersal; when a raindrop strikes the cup just right, the force of the impact and the shape of the cup causes the peridioles to be sent flying, thereby spreading the fungus’ spores. “

link to source: here

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Betta splendens

Fighting fish have been bred for over 120 years to achieve the beautiful variations we see today.

Chantal Wagner Kornin on Flickr

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Illuminate by Daniel Fjäll

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Sawfly larva, perhaps Pergagrapta sp.

Moondarra state park, Victoria


We found Concocybe tenera.



n41_w1150 by BioDivLibrary on Flickr.

Via Flickr:
An epitome of the natural history of the insects of India :.
London,Printed for the author by T. Bensley, Bolt Court, Fleet Street; and sold by Messrs, Rivingtons, Str. Paul’s Church Yard; White, Fleet Street, Faulder, Bond Street; and H. D. Symonds, Patersonter Row,1800..


Found this beautiful Intent Zale (Zale intenta) last night, tucked into a stone wall right under my porch light.


Eudia pavonia

Avril 2014


though usually hidden to the human eye, naturally occurring marine biofluorescence can be seen under certain wavelengths of light (like ultraviolet) which causes the cells of the organisms seen here to absorb the light — and some of the photon’s energy — and then emit back a now less energetic light with a longer wavelength and thus a different colour.

biofluorescence is not be confused with bioluminescence (see posts), which is a  chemical reaction endemic to an organisms that causes them to glow.

photos by (click pic) daniel stoupin, alexander semenov, bent christensenlouise murray, and american museum of natural history (click pic for species)

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Some sort of polypore fungi starting off.

Bracken Lane track, near Fern Tree, Tasmania.


Santa Cruz Mushroom Festival on Flickr.

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photo by steven shpall