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Rickenella fibula

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 12 January 2012 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Rickenella fibula (NL: Oranjegeel trechtertje / EN: / DE: Orangeroter Heftelnabeling / FR: Omphale épingle)is a very tiny mushroom in the rickenellacea family. Under the microscope, the species is incredibly distinct, since it is covered with long, cylindric cystidia - but to the naked eye, it is a tiny orange mushroom with many look-alikes. The species is possibly saprobic but apparently involved in some sort of mutualism with moss; growing alone, scattered, or gregariously in moss beds. The cap is usually between 3.0-11.0 mm broad, convex-depressed, becoming umbilicate to infundibuliform (funnel-shaped) in age, like the one in this image. The present image is made 1:1 so the actual image-field is 22.2 x 14.8 mm - giving an idea of the actual measurements of this little beauty ...

Image: Schilde (B) - 14/10/2011

Canon EOS 400D 5/2 seconds F/20.0 ISO 200 150 mm

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L'Angevine from Angers, France

impressionnée par la forme

12 Jan 2012 8:18am

@L'Angevine: Forms, structures and colors can be very different in the mushroom world. Every species - even the tiniest ones like this one is a real juwel of nature. Thanks for leaving a comment.

Jaytee from Fresno, California, United States


12 Jan 2012 5:45pm

@Jaytee: It is a very small species so not very easy to find. Luckily the color helps to spot them... Have a nice day, Jaytee !

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

fine selective focus

12 Jan 2012 9:48pm

@john4jack: Thanks, Jack !

mimicy from Bordeaux, France

Magnifique composition

12 Jan 2012 10:40pm

@mimicy: Thanks for your comment again !

Baldwin VW from Bejuma, Venezuela

Beautiful image!! Great macro on the green leaves, nice mushroom

12 Jan 2012 11:44pm

@Baldwin VW: Thanks Baldwin. This was really going close :-).

christine from Oelegem, Belgium

Ik hou van die heel kleine dingetjes, vooral als je ze vanuit een bijzondere hoek fotografeert. Knap met het mos op de voorgrond.

13 Jan 2012 1:25pm

@christine: Heel vaak worden deze over het hoofd gezien.... Toch blijven ook die kleine dingetjes de moeite waard om ze te bekijken. Enig idee over de mossoort hier ? :-)))

Canon EOS 400D
5/2 seconds
ISO 200
150 mm