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Pixie parasol

Mycena interrupta


These were in a line on a mossy barkless eucalyptus log over a length of about a metre. Caps were 6 to 20mm wide with a rich blue-cyan colour and slightly depressed, viscid. Height ranges from 10 to 24 mm. Stipe is white, smooth and the base is attached by a flat white disk with a blue margin (pic 4)


Tall eucalyptus rain forest.


Distribution "Mycena interrupta, commonly known as the pixie's parasol, is a species of mushroom. It has a Gondwanan distribution pattern, being found in Australia, New Zealand, New Caledonia, and Chile. In Australia it is found in Victoria, Tasmania, New South Wales, and South Australia, and in Queensland where its distribution is limited to Lamington National Park" - Wikipedia

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29 Comments (1–25)

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 7 years ago

Ha. They are about the right size. Thanks kizzay, Erik6

kizzay 7 years ago

I almost favorited this again! Instead I'll leave a comment -- my initial reaction is that these look like contact lenses. :)

JumpingSpider22 7 years ago

Cute mushrooms!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 7 years ago

Thanks tibiprada and Ingrid - I try to remain distracted !! :)

Ingrid3 7 years ago

too cool! your spots are always so interesting!

tibiprada 7 years ago

Lovely.. lovely !

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 8 years ago

Agustin.. Chile is the only other country in the world that has them !!... good luck on searching. They are always in dark and difficult places here so only pocket cam - sorry. Thanks for comments everyone.

Oh wow! Wish I could see some of these down here in Chile. So pretty!
Great shots too, I bet lighting wasn't easy.

Caroline.V. 8 years ago

Cool that so awesome

Ketze 8 years ago

Just like cute pixies from fairy tales.

MartinL 8 years ago

Excellent pic. Aren't they delightful to see!

C.Sydes 8 years ago

fabulous, great spotting

LeanneGardner 8 years ago

Cool mushroom Mark! Love the colour.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 8 years ago

Although many mycenas are bioluminescent this species is not unfortunately. It would certainly be an amazing sight.

LiannethOrdóñez 8 years ago

Gorgeous. It is bioluminescent?

Caleb Steindel
Caleb Steindel 8 years ago

oops should;ve favorited along time ago :)HAHA

DanielePralong 8 years ago


Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 8 years ago


Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 8 years ago

Thanks all. Sometimes searching for fungi gets a bit 'dark' and then a find like this really brightens the experience.

Wild Things
Wild Things 8 years ago

Lovely find Mark!

LaurenZarate 8 years ago

These are really beautiful Mark.


cnippold 8 years ago


Wonderful !

zepcheok 8 years ago

Lovely, nice colour!

Mark Ridgway
Spotted by
Mark Ridgway

Sherbrooke, Victoria, Australia

Spotted on May 21, 2013
Submitted on May 24, 2013


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