A global citizen science platform
to discover, share and identify wildlife
DAY 1 - Mauve/pink agaric fungi. The larger specimens of this spotting are 5-6 cms in diameter. Caps feel wax-like to touch and quite hard, and the edges are smooth and rounded. Also translucent in places, and the gills are reasonably large. The stems are smooth, although slightly grainy in appearance. Signs of feeding on caps, possibly by snails or slugs. Other caps much paler and greyer in colour and warped, possibly being older than the fresh pink fungi (see photo #5 - fungi at rear). This species of fungi appears to fade in sunlight, almost to the point of turning white? TBA with further observations over the next few days. >> Images found online - https://www.flickr.com/photos/blackdiamo...
Found amongst garden mulch which was quite moist due to recent rains. Fungi scattered over an area no more than 1 m/sq. Well shaded by surrounding foliage for most of the day.
At dusk this evening these fungi almost seemed to be glowing. They appeared to be very bright in the fading light, particularly when contrasted against the darker foliage of surrounding bushes. As for my research, I know these are agaric fungi, and I'm certain this species belongs to the genus Lepista. Another mushroom that was given serious consideration was the Hygrocybe sp. - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hygrocybe The general consensus from the folks at mushroomobserver.org however, is that this belongs to Lepista, not Hygrocybe.
Spotted on Jul 2, 2013
Submitted on Jul 3, 2013
and 70 other people favorited this spotting