Look at My Mussels

e6filmusere6filmuser e6filmuserRegistered Users Posts: 2,880 Major grins

Not a typo and misleading.

A glimpse at the following images might make you think they are shellfish aka bivalve molluscs.

In fact, they are tiny (ca 1mm) fungal fruiting bodies of a weird genus in the Ascomycetes. The widest FOV here is 7mm.

[i]Hysterium[/i] is represented by at least four species in the UK* and the spores would have to be examined and measured to determine which this is. I have left the material unexamined since I collected it from some rotten willow wood on 12 March.

For the specialist:


One of the characteristics of the genus is this coal-like appearance.

Olympus EM-1 (manual mode), Laowa 25mm f2.8 2.5x-5x ultra-macro at x2.5, x3 or x5, and f8or f11, twin TTL flash hand-held.



  • GattoGatto Major grins Registered Users Posts: 355 Major grins

    really cool

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