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The Collared Earthstar Geastrum triplex starts off as a closed, round fruiting body that resembles a puffball. As it matures, the outer layer peels back to reveal a star-shaped structure which gives it the appearance of a starfish. When the fruiting body is mature and the outer layer peels back, it exposes the inner chamber and releases the spores into the surrounding environment for dispersal. It is a saprotrophic species, obtaining its nutrients by decomposing dead organic matter, and as such is a vital part of forest ecosystems.

Photograph by Alex Hyde

About Alex Hyde

Alex Hyde is one of Britain’s leading exponents of close-up nature photography. His award-winning images portray a hidden world of extraordinary beauty. “To this day I delight in revealing tiny details of subjects that would be missed by the naked eye. Many of my pictures involve photographing moving subjects smaller than a grain of rice. Nature provides me with an endless array of fascinating subjects.”

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