mushroom identification Coprinellus micaceus

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mushroom identification Coprinellus micaceus

Post by robert » Fri Oct 12, 2018 1:47 pm

hi I am new to fungi and wanted to know if my identification was correct i came across these mushrooms yesterday and through a little research I am thinking these are mica mushrooms (Coprinellus micaceus) would I be correct in saying that these mushrooms are from the ink cap family and would these of been used for writing at some stage? I took a spore print which was jet black and the mushrooms by this time had turned to soggy mush!!! Is this a correct identification? Thank you in advance for any help. Robert 😊
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Re: mushroom identification Coprinellus micaceus

Post by adampembs » Sat Oct 13, 2018 7:36 am

I can't see the mica-like particles on the surface in those photos. There are a couple of lookalikes. Common inkcaps - Coprinopsis atramentaria (no mica-like particles on cap) and the Firerug Inkcap - Coprinellus domesticus (with similar particles (we call a veil) but with a ginger coloured mat that is not always visible, you might have to look under the bark.
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Re: mushroom identification Coprinellus micaceus

Post by adampembs » Sat Oct 13, 2018 7:37 am

You only need to collect one to do a spore print, but well done on doing this important step. Best to leave the rest behind so they can get on with their job of reproducing - and spread their spores.
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