Night Mushroom (Tsukiyotake) - Omphalotus japonicus
A spectacular photo of the bioluminescent fruiting bodies of the mushrooms scientifically named Omphalotus japonicus (Marasmiaceae), glowing in the darkness.
The glowing fungi grow on wood and their light is
visible at night. Luminous higher fungi emit greenish light with a maximum emission in the range of
520–530 nm. A
luminous taxon emits light in only a certain period of its life cycle; before and after that period, it
generally does not glow.
Omphalotus japonicus is known from Japan and other sites in East Asia, where it is regarded as a poisonous mushroom.