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Red Cage, Clathrus ruber

Observed: 25th May 2013 By: spotted catspotted cat’s reputation in Fungi and Lichens
Red Cage, Clathrus ruber
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Description:

Observed in the Mili Gorge, near Rethymno, Crete.
Ever since I saw one of these amazing fungi here in the Mili Gorge one day in May 2010 when I wasn't able to photograph it, I've been keeping a close lookout for another. I was finally rewarded with the very dried out fragment shown in the first photo. When I found it still there a few days later, I couldn't resist collecting a couple of pieces, as well as what looks like another specimen still partly robed in its outer membrane, as shown in the last two photos.
See also my earlier observation from Epirus, Greece: http://www.ispot.org.uk/node/237636

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