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Coprinopsis lagopus

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 5 October 2010 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Coprinopsis lagopus (Hazenpootje (BE) / harefoot mushroom (EN) / Hasenpfote (DE) / coprin pied-de-lièvre (FR) ) is a species of fungus in the Psathyrellaceae family. Until 2001, the species was known as Coprinus lagopus; advances in the understanding of phylogenetic relationships between the various coprinoid species led to a major reorganization of that genus. It is a delicate and short-lived fungus, the fruit bodies lasting only a few hours before dissolving into a black ink – a process called deliquescence. It is a saprotrophic species growing solitary or in groups on wood chips, compost heaps, vegetable refuse, or horse dung, from autumn to mid-winter. It has a widespread distribution throughout the world.

Image: Schilde (BE) - 19/09/2010

Canon EOS 400D 1/40 second F/5.6 ISO 200 60 mm

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Veronique from Sarrouilles, France

great ! makes me think at the the Bearskin of the coldstream guards

5 Oct 2010 9:08am

@Veronique: Maybe in the world of gnomes and elfes there have to be some guards too ... who knows where they find inspiration :-) Have a nice day, Veronique.

kitty from Seoul, South Korea

These are so cute, like little antlers or microphones. Great find ^^ You are lucky to find it before it became mush

5 Oct 2010 9:08am

@kitty: Indeed, Kitty. They only live a few hours but mostly they form groups and while the first are already gone, the following are ready to open ...

Demo from Villeneuve d, France

Wow really interesting species and i have the same impression than Véronique!!
Great shot again ;)

5 Oct 2010 10:04am

@Demo: Thanks !

Christine from Duns, United Kingdom

I had the same impression as Kitty, how aptly named they are, how sad they are only in this form for a few hours

5 Oct 2010 2:55pm

@Christine: Beauty does not last for ever ... :-))))

Julie from Le Cannet des Maures, France

j'aime beaucoup

5 Oct 2010 3:14pm

@Julie: I'm very glad about that, Julie. Thanks for your comment again and have a nice day. Greetz !!

marc battault from clermont ferrand, France

la nature est etonnante ,des champignons qui poussent sur des branches !!!
amitiés !

5 Oct 2010 10:03pm

@marc battault: Thank you very much for your comment again, Marc. And you are so right: nature can be very fascinating ! Greetz !

Glo from Northeast, United States

Incredible shot, wonderful bokeh

6 Oct 2010 3:08am

@Glo: Thank you very much for your visit and your comment, Glo. I'm realy glad you like this image.

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, United States

Oh, what a wonderful find, Johan! These are beautiful and unique structures.

7 Oct 2010 1:11am

@Julie Brown: Normally this species grows on little pieces of wood laying on the ground. It was the first time I acutally saw them growing on a fallen branch. Every trip there is someting new to find out :-). Greetz !

carla from leeuwarden, Netherlands

Net fluweel.
Bijzondere compositie.

8 Oct 2010 6:59am

@carla: Het is inderdaad bijna fluweel, maar zodra je het aanraakt, vallen de witten vlokjes er gewoon vanaf. Eigenlijk zijn het de velumresten die op de hoed blijven kleven - een beetje vergelijkbaar dus met de witte stippen van de vliegenzwam. De jonge exemplaren zijn dan ook meestal het mooist en meest gaaf. Dank voor je bezoekje en je commentaar, Carla.

Barbara from Florida, United States

Fascinating & beautiful image.

13 Oct 2010 1:25pm

@Barbara: Thanks again, Barbara. I realy hope you enjoyed the mushrooms in this series so far. There are lots more to come so maybe you'll visit again :-)

Canon EOS 400D
1/40 second
ISO 200
60 mm