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Coprinellus disseminatus
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Coprinellus domesticus

Common Name: Retro Inky; Orange Mat Coprinus

Synonyms: 

Substrate: Wood

Location: Hardwoods. Sometimes in basements.

Spore Color: Black

Gill Color: Whitish; black with age

Comments: 

This is one of the few times where you can tell where a mushroom will form, even if there is not one present. That is because this Coprinus forms a shaggy mat of orange mycelium on its substrate. Another term for this mat is an "ozonium." 

If you are fortunate enough to find it with a mushroom fully formed, then the fruitbody will have a brownish-orange cap that is radially lined. It will also have granules on the surface.

Lookalikes:  

There are two very similar species of this mushroom. Coprinus radians is separated by larger spores, so you will not be able to separate them without a microscope.

Pictures:

Coprinellus domesticus

Coprinellus domesticus

9/8/12 - Matter Park - Marion, IN

Coprinellus domesticus

8/25/12 - Racoon Lake SRA - Rockville, IN