Taken 27-Dec-13
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Categories & Keywords

Category:Science and Technology
Subcategory Detail:
Keywords:Anemone Stinkhorn, Aseroe rubra, fungus, stinkhorn
Photo Info

Dimensions5431 x 3621
Original file size2.89 MB
Image typeJPEG
Color spacesRGB
Date taken27-Dec-13 10:46
Date modified7-Oct-14 15:38
Shooting Conditions

Camera makeCanon
Camera modelCanon EOS 5D Mark III
Focal length150 mm
Max lens aperturef/2.8
Exposure1/200 at f/20
FlashFired, compulsory mode
Exposure bias0 EV
Exposure modeManual
Exposure prog.Manual
ISO speedISO 320
Metering modePattern
Aseroe rubra

Aseroe rubra

Aseroe rubra (Anemone Stinkhorn)

IUCN Status: Not Assessed.

Adding a whole new kingdom to my site! It's exciting in a weird way.

We stumbled on this driving around the Gog Ranges in Tassie. Normally I would clear some of the clutter from a round a subject like this, however this character earns it's name well so I only getting as close as I needed for the shot.

These could have been the inspiration for sci-fi aliens. They start of as spores that deposit in rotting animal or plant matter. A white egg grows mainly under the ground, but with enough above ground so that the red arms can burst through. The arms are covered in a brown substance that reeks like rotting meat. This draws in flies - which in turn spread the spores.

Beautiful: yes. Pretty: no.