Mystery fungi on cow dung

Please try to include photos to show all parts of the fungus, eg top, stem, and gills.
Note any smells, and associated trees or plants (eg oak, birch). A spore print can be very useful.
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Lee Dingain
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Mystery fungi on cow dung

Post by Lee Dingain » Mon Dec 18, 2017 12:48 pm

Not sure where to start with this one. Any suggestions would be very much appreciated. Growing on cow dung in grassland in Surrey.
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Chris Yeates
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Re: Mystery fungi on cow dung

Post by Chris Yeates » Tue Dec 19, 2017 12:40 am

Heaven knows (I'm afraid)
but I strongly suspect it's growing through the dung, not from it . . .
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Re: Mystery fungi on cow dung

Post by roy betts » Tue Dec 19, 2017 9:22 am

It looks like a Clitocybe and there is one species that can grow on dung: C. amarescens.
I have found it on dung once and also seen it on a pile of old grass cuttings and in grazed grassland near to fresh dung.

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Re: Mystery fungi on cow dung

Post by Lee Dingain » Thu Dec 28, 2017 11:45 am

Many thanks Roy and Chris, very much appreciated. I shall look at C. amarescens.

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