TQ1248 : Helvella crispa

taken 26 days ago, near to Wotton, Surrey, Great Britain

Helvella crispa
Helvella crispa
When I first posted this image (under the title 'Ghostly fungus') my caption ran as follows:

'A strange, rather shapeless fungus, growing in a soggy hollow near a pond. I don't think I've seen this species before - but somehow I'm reminded of a pig's snout and ears'.

I thumbed all the way through the little Mitchell Beazley book that I normally use for fungus identification, but failed to find a satisfactory match. I now know why: David Pegler doesn't include this species among the hundreds he describes and illustrates. Could that mean I've found a modest rarity?

Anyway, my old friend ceridwen LinkExternal link has come to the rescue: the identification she suggested was Helvella crispa - and comparing my own photos with those in online sources, I'm pretty sure she's right. LinkExternal link
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TQ1248, 39 images   (more nearby )
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 25 October, 2017   (more nearby)
Submitted
Thursday, 26 October, 2017
Geographical Context
Lowlands  Grassland  Lakes, Wetland, Bog  Wild Animals, Plants and Mushrooms 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 1266 4804 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:13.2270N 0:23.2913W
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OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 1266 4804
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