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Fluted Bird's Nest Stunningly fascinating fruiting bodies that look like bird's nests. The metallic gray "eggs" inside the nests are called peridioles and contain spores. The shaggy, vase-shaped "nests", called peridia, serve as "splash cups" and help with spore dispersal by using the kinetic energy of rain. When raindrops strike the nest, the peridioles are projected into the air where they can then latch onto branches, leaves, etc. The nests were approximately 1cm tall.  Cyathus striatus,Fall,Fluted bird's nest,Geotagged,United States Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

Fluted Bird's Nest

Stunningly fascinating fruiting bodies that look like bird's nests. The metallic gray "eggs" inside the nests are called peridioles and contain spores. The shaggy, vase-shaped "nests", called peridia, serve as "splash cups" and help with spore dispersal by using the kinetic energy of rain. When raindrops strike the nest, the peridioles are projected into the air where they can then latch onto branches, leaves, etc. The nests were approximately 1cm tall.

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  1. Still hoping to find such a species in the wild one day. Great find, but also one of the best photos of a bird's nest, I've yet seen. Posted 4 months ago
  2. Thanks! I usually find them in mulch, but this one was on a rotting log next to a pond. Posted 4 months ago
  3. Is there a way to add additional photos of the same organism (from the same date/location)? I have more shots of this fungus (and others) from different angles. Just wondering if there's a way to link them? Posted 4 months ago
    1. Sure there is, and this is in fact highly encouraged, to have multiple photos of a species!
      Simply put, you just upload more photos, and then on each photo identify the species, with the same name in this case. They are then automatically grouped to that species. You can see this in action on this very post. Click on the species block (top right), then from the species record on "photos":
      https://www.jungledragon.com/specie/6862/photos

      So at JungleDragon, everything starts from a photo. On each photo you set the species and location, and that groups them. This is opposite to some other observation platforms which start from an observation, and then add photos, so I understand the confusion.

      The reason for being so photo centric is that JungleDragon started out as a wildlife photo sharing platform, the whole species management system was added later.
      Posted 4 months ago
      1. Oh perfect! Thanks for the explanation. Posted 4 months ago
        1. Christine, you can also add a link of one observation to another of the same species/organism, if you want to further illustrate or bring attention to the observation for example - colour variation or sexual dimorphism as seen in my observation here :

          Stick Insect, Phasmid - Otraleus bellemansae This is a female Phasmid of the species Otraleus bellemansae, which was newly described in January 2017.<br />
Species from this genus, Otraleus was previously only found in Sulawesi, Indonesia and described in 1935.<br />
A second species of Otraleus was described from Malaysia in 2016.<br />
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This picture is the green variation of the species.  The brown variation can be seen here :<br />
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https://www.jungledragon.com/image/48486/stick_insect_phasmid_-_otraleus_bellemansae.html<br />
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With the latest description, 4 species of Otraleus were added, all from Philippines. Geotagged,Otraleus bellemansae,Phasmid,Philippines,Spring,Stick insect,north luzon
          Posted 4 months ago
          1. Cool, thanks for the tip! Posted 4 months ago

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''Cyathus striatus'', commonly known as the fluted bird's nest, is a common saprobic bird's nest fungus with a widespread distribution throughout temperate regions of the world. This fungus resembles a miniature bird's nest with numerous tiny "eggs"; the eggs, or ''peridioles'', are actually lens-shaped bodies that contain spores. ''C. striatus'' can be distinguished from most other bird's nest fungi by its hairy exterior and grooved inner walls. Although most frequently found growing on dead wood.. more

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Uploaded Jan 4, 2018. Captured Dec 3, 2017 14:54 in 28-198 Judd's Bridge Rd, New Milford, CT 06776, USA.
  • Canon EOS 60D
  • f/4.0
  • 1/64s
  • ISO400
  • 100mm