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Cortinarius sp.

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 7 December 2010 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Cortinarius sp. (Gordijnzwam (BE) / cortinar, webcap (EN) / Haarschleierling (DE) / Cortinaire (FR))

Cortinarius is a genus of mushrooms. It is suspected to be the largest genus of agarics, containing over 2000 different species and found worldwide. A common feature among all species in the genus Cortinarius is that young specimens have a cortina (veil) between the cap and the stem, hence the name, meaning curtained. Most of the fibers of the cortina are ephemeral and will leave no trace once gone. All also have a rusty brown spore print. The common names cortinar and webcap refer to members of the genus.
In this image you can easily see the "curtain" in a young specimen. Because the specimen was so immature, it was impossible to get a determination at species level.

Image: Schoten (BE) - 12/10/2010

Canon EOS 400D 1/160 second F/8.0 ISO 200 150 mm

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Marilla from Turku, Finland

Fantastic details!

7 Dec 2010 5:28pm

Vanessa from Herselt, Belgium

Het lijken allemaal ragfijne draadjes.... Magnifieke macro!

7 Dec 2010 6:13pm

flyingwind风飞扬 from Bridgetown, Barbados

Nice discovery of it! Beautiful photo!

7 Dec 2010 6:50pm

Tony Duque from Raleigh, NC, United States

Just a wonderful shot, Johan. The detail is beautiful and very diagnostic, no doubt. Is there an easy way you could incorporate some sort of scale in your images?.. something to give us a relative size reference? Or maybe just a size-reference in your narrative? I'm able to see these in the scale of my imagination... but that'll never do within the scientific treatment of your subject. ;-) Thanks for sharing this terrific picture!

7 Dec 2010 7:41pm

Veronique from Sarrouilles, France

superb macro

7 Dec 2010 8:01pm

Loner from Wörgl, Austria

Einmalig - diese feinen Details - da weiß man auch, woher der Name kommt !

7 Dec 2010 9:14pm

Canon EOS 400D
1/160 second
ISO 200
150 mm