When you least expect it a little treasure pops up. About 50mm tall and wearing Halloween black but with classic free white gills and white mycelia around the base of the stipe. Also noted slightly marginate gills. As this was in a nature reserve these shots were done without breaking the fungi down. Sorry for the lack of one complete picture.
The painted wood turtle or ornate wood turtle (Rhinoclemmys pulcherrima) is a turtle species of the genus Rhinoclemmys in the family Geoemydidae. It is found in Mexico from Sonora southwards, and Central America down to Costa Rica. There are four recognized subspecies. It is a terrestrial lowland species, primarily an inhabitant of scrub lands and moist woodlands, but also occurs in gallery forest close to streams.
Rhinoclemmys pulcherrima is an attractive species with thin red lines on the face and extensive areas of red and black vermiculations on the limbs, thighs, and tail as well as on the ventral parts of the marginal scutes and near the midline of the plastron. It has a small head with finely serrated jaw edges. It is omnivorous, feeding on wildflowers, grasses, fruit, insects, worms, and fish. Because it is so attractive, it is often exploited for the pet trade. Unfortunately this species seldom does well in captivity and usually dies within the first year. In Mexico it is currently under special protection (NOM 59).
This very common little parasite of Mycena species, and of several other mushroom genera, is known as a pin mould. It appears on the caps of larger fungi as erect pale brownish-yellow sporangiophores on which its zygospores are produced. Bonnet mould and the other members of the Spinellus genus are able to reproduce when pins from the same mycelium contact one another, such fungi are termed homothalic.
For the developers at New York start-up Networked Organisms, smartphones are the butterfly nets of the 21st Century. Their tool, Project Noah, lets people upload photos of plants and wildlife around them, creating a map of the natural world and contributing to scientific research in the process.
Bespectacled scientists of yore would carry around hefty field guides, made up of hundreds of pages of text and photos. But these days, smartphone owners have a lighter option: an app called Project Noah, which aims to help people identify plants and animals as well as collect data from "citizen scientists" about where certain species are located.
Project Noah enables us to be part of a more focused online community where we can learn more about wildlife around us and contribute to scientific research. It pulls participants into deeper, more meaningful engagement by enabling people to go on “missions” to collectively map changes based on sightings.
A modern invention that may also hold the key to saving species in the future. Project Noah is a global study that encourages nature lovers to document the wildlife they encounter, using a purpose built phone app and web community. In addition to the virtual "collection" of species, Project Noah encourages citizen science by linking up with existing surveys including the International Spider Survey and the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network.