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Ox tongue bracket

Fistulina hepatica


In the Australian bush dull, dusty browns and greens dominate and the eye is easily drawn to something as brightly coloured as this. Like bright pink foam rubber lips this bracket was squeezing out through a tiny split in the side of a large eucalyptus. About 100mm long it had a very spongy texture and clear yellow tinted liquid dripping from one side.


Eucalyptus rainforest.


There were also a few tiny springtails with zero respect for art obviously hoping for a strawberry flavoured meal. (pic 4) The last shot (pic 6) shows the trunk of the gum tree which was about 1.5 metres diameter but had lost it's lower bark.... one month later it looked like this

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27 Comments (1–25)

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 10 years ago

Thanks all .

Maria dB
Maria dB 10 years ago

I had missed this - cool spotting! (and your moving profile photo is nice, too)

amelieprentice2003 10 years ago

Looks like a tongue! (Almost). Nice find!

Adarsha B S
Adarsha B S 11 years ago

Wow..yummy :P

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 11 years ago

Looks like a tasty fruit. Great pics argy.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 11 years ago

Name changed 2012 to Tyromyces pulcherrimus.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 11 years ago

Thanks Gerardo

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 11 years ago

Extraordinary great series :)

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 11 years ago

Thanks so much Martin. It has been more than a pleasure.... I thought cochineal was valid spotting ?

MartinL 11 years ago

Well Mr. Argy Bee (actually, Mark). Thank you for your massive investment in our PN community and sharing your infectious enthusiasm, hunger for knowledge and rapidly expanding expertise with us all. Thank you and congratulations. I don't know much about fungi, except that red food coloring should be illegal.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 11 years ago

Thanks Viv, Cindy, Alice.... I think I'll rest up now... ten minutes should do it.

AliceGreenup 11 years ago

Great spotting & congratulations on your 1000th argy! A great milestone

Congratulations!! This is a wonderfully weird spotting!

VivBraznell 11 years ago

Great series of pics

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 11 years ago

Leeeeeeeches !!! Ugh. One good thing about droughts....

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 11 years ago

Congratulations on your fantastic 1000th spotting, argybee - so, the brave trudging through damp leech-infested grass/leaf debris was worth it !!

HeatherLanglois 11 years ago

That is soo cool!!!!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 11 years ago

Thanks J. I've just realised the first shot looks like a muppet mouth dribbling beer. :-)

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 11 years ago

Fantastic spotting, Argy! What a landmark, 1000 spottings, and a spectacular fungus to mark the occasion! Superb detail! Congratulations, my friend, and to many MANY more awesome spottings!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 11 years ago

Thanks Antonio. You're more than welcome to come and explore our fungi if yours has finished.

Wow Argy Bee my friend :-) gorgeous find,look's like a frozeen strawberry icecream :-) amazing 1000th spotting,congrats and thanks for sharing such a beautiful spotting page.
I'll be now more in your page,fungi season began in Australia :-) and is finishing arround here,so i "have" :-) to see fungi everyday,and south hemisphere fungi guy's are my refuge during the summer :-)

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 11 years ago

Thanks everyone. It was a toss-up between this and 999 but, as it turned out, this one seems to be rarer. There's one other on PN but I think it's wrongly ID'd @gully.moy :-)

gully.moy 11 years ago

Very cool and weird!

I see you're near a place called Ferntree Gully which I also find cool and a little weird :-)

ForestDragon 11 years ago

What an interesting fungus! Great choice for 1000! Congratulations!

auntnance123 11 years ago

A perfect 1000th!

Mark Ridgway
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Mark Ridgway

Victoria, Australia

Spotted on Apr 16, 2013
Submitted on Apr 17, 2013

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