Closeups of tiny Mycena fungi. This species is (as yet) unidentified and is about 1cm high, though specimens do reach 2-3cm high and up to 4mm across the cap.
The hairs are infertile cells that appear to discourage predation by insects or small animals.
These were found near Booyong in northern NSW and are the first of this group of fungi that have been found in Australia.
Fungi [kingdom] → Basidiomycota [division] → Agaricomycetes [class] →
Agaricales [order] → Mycenaceae [family] → Mycena [genus]
Gustave Klimt, Gardenpath with Chickens, 110 x 110 cm, oil on canvas, 1916
This painting was destroyed in 1945, when retreating German forces set fire to the Schloss Immendorf in Austria, where it and a large number of other artworks were being stored.
Gardenpath with Chickens belongs to the group of paintings Klimt executed during his summer stay 1916 in Weissenbach on Lake Attersee. - Klimt Museum
Kosen こせん, sake flask in the form of an Akita dog 秋田犬, decorative arts, 1930s
Earthen shelter near Lake Oule in Neouvielle National Nature Reserve, Hautes-Pyrénées, France.
Contributed by Julien Garnon.
Johann Muscat, ornamental letters, 1692. In: Kurtze, doch Gründliche Anweisung zur zierlichen Schreib-Kunst, Nuremberg. Via DIPF
The spotted handfish (Brachionichthys hirsutus), an amazing creature that walks the ocean floor, is a rare Australian fish from the family Brachionichthyidae. It is classified as Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List 2002. is the first Australian marine species to be threatened with extinction.
The greatest threats to the handfish appear to be siltation and invasive species. The Derwent Estuary where the fish lives is highly urbanised and industrialised, and a range of marine pests have been introduced through shipping. One key pest is the Northern Pacific Seastar (Asterias amurensis), a particularly large and voracious predator that is now abundant in the estuary. Studies by CSIRO show that the seastars eat the stalked ascidians that the handfish use to attach their eggs.
- video CSIROpublishing
Not only does it have creepy hands and… elbows? wrists? … it also has that great pompadour dorsal fin on the top of its head.
Aaaand looking at it again, I’m realizing it has chin-feet too. Man, this fish just keeps getting better.