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Mycena chlorophos

Mycena chlorophos


Mycena chlorophos is a species of agaric fungus in the family Mycenaceae. First described in 1860, the fungus is found in subtropical Asia, including Japan, Taiwan, Polynesia, Java, and Sri Lanka, in Australia, and Brazil. Fruit bodies (mushrooms) have pale brownish-grey sticky caps up to 30 mm (1.2 in) in diameter atop stems 6–30 mm (0.2–1.2 in) long and up to a millimeter thick. The mushrooms are bioluminescent and emit a pale green light. Fruiting occurs in forests on fallen woody debris such as dead twigs, branches, and logs.


Spotted in backyard rainforest habitat attached to a tree stump near the ground.


I've included a photograph of the fungi in the light for ID. Thankyou to CharliePrice for the ID!

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DavidMroczkowski 7 years ago

oooh. Ahhhh! Very nice.

armadeus.4 7 years ago

Congratulations Alice! Awesome spotting! Thank you for sharing :)

Dilan Chathuranga
Dilan Chathuranga 7 years ago

Congratulations Alice!Nice spotting!!

Desmond.E.S.O 7 years ago

Congratulations! And an Awesome find!

Bhagya Herath
Bhagya Herath 7 years ago

Awesome capture.... Congrats.....

NuwanChathuranga 7 years ago

Congratulations Alice!

Awesome series Alice,very cool,i love these UV spottings :) congrats on the well deserved SOTD and thanks for sharing

AliceGreenup 7 years ago

Thanks everyone! I've added another shot as more have appeared tonight!

James McNair
James McNair 7 years ago

Congrats Alice!

DanielePralong 7 years ago

Congratulations Alice!

Congratulations AliceGreenup for this amazing SOTD!

Congratulation, what a superb SotD !

AliceGreenup 7 years ago

Wow thanks for the spotting of the day Yasser! And thankyou for the ID Charlie! Looks good to me, I'll update it now. Appreciate the comments everyone!

CalebSteindel 7 years ago

Congrats Alice!

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 7 years ago

Congratulations Alice! Thanks for sharing this wonderful spotting. What a difference darkness makes !!

Really nice Alice!

AshleyT 7 years ago

Congrats Alice!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 7 years ago

Congrats Alice. I think Charlie is right. The link she gives (Steve Axford) is from your part of the country.

Yasser 7 years ago

Alice, thank you for sharing this bioluminescent beauty and congratulations for being selected as Spotting of the Day! I really love how you shared the daytime photo as well. They look wonderful side by side. I think Charlie might have the ID, but I'll let you take a look and decide for yourself. Congrats again!


JoshuaGSmith 7 years ago

Awesome! This is similar to the famed Lunar Mushroom!

KarenSaxton 7 years ago

Maria, there are a lot of them. In the states the Jack O Lantern is one that glows int he dark.

Maria dB
Maria dB 7 years ago

That is really interesting; had no idea there were bioluminescent fungi.

CharliePrice 7 years ago

I would say ....... Mycena chlorophos

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New South Wales, Australia

Spotted on Feb 11, 2015
Submitted on Feb 10, 2015

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