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Ghost Fungus at Ben Boyd National Park

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Omphalotus nidiformis at Ben Boyd National Park - 19 Apr 2019
Omphalotus nidiformis at Ben Boyd National Park - 19 Apr 2019

Identification history

Fungus Omphalotus nidiformis 22 Apr 2019 Pam
Unidentified 21 Apr 2019 Allan

Author's notes

This was taken with an SLR. 30s exposure at about f4.5, I think. I lightened it a little, but the colour is unchanged from the original. I'm guessing it's the same as the mushroom I posted on the 20th April 2019, that Pam identified for us. But, it's colour is different to the other one, and it seems to have a different growing habit (in a clump rather than a lone mushroom).


Teresa wrote:
   21 Apr 2019
What a GREAT night time image of this amazing Omphalotus nidiformis. These often appear in clusters of several caps arising from a single stem, locally, as we do here in our forest. The bioluminescence is due to the presence of the enzyme luciferase. The colour of this species varies from hues of violet to brown and shades inbetween, all dependent on age and substrate (wood on which it is growing)
Pam wrote:
   22 Apr 2019
Wow! I'm impressed........... Well done Allan. As Teresa says there seems to be quite a bit of variation in colours etc. with this species and to a degree with their growth habits. Though they do tend to grow in groups or in lines and clusters say along a dead log.
   22 Apr 2019
Would be good to replace one of the 3 daytime photos of this on the ID pages with this nocturnal shot.
Pam wrote:
   27 Apr 2019
Teresa would you be able to do this please as I'm not up on moving photos yet?

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Location information

Species information

  • Not Sensitive
  • Local Native
  • Non-Invasive

Sighting information

  • 1 - 3 Abundance
  • 19 Apr 2019 8:59 PM Recorded on
  • Allan Recorded by
  • Website Reported via
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