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Coprinellus micaceus
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Coprinellus micaceus

Common Name: Mica Cap

Synonyms: Coprinus micaceus; Species Fungorum

Substrate: Wood

Location: Hardwoods

Spore Color: Black

Gill Color: Whitish; black with age

Comments: 

This is a fairly common mushroom that grows from decomposing wood. It may sometimes appear terrestrially however, if the wood is buried. Look for the strongly lined cap, that often has small granules on the surface if the specimen is fresh. (They can often get washed off)

Lookalikes:  

Coprinus atramentarius which usually fruits on the ground and is not as scaly. Coprinellus domesticus and C. radians grow from a layer of orange mycelium.

Pictures:

Coprinellus micaceus

Coprinellus micaceus

3/15/12 - Orange County Indiana

Coprinellus micaceus

9/27/12 - Griffey Woods - Bloomington, IN

Coprinellus micaceus

3/17/12 - Hoosier National Forest - Monroe Co. IN

Coprinellus micaceus

5/18/13 - Griffy Woods - Bloomington, IN

Coprinellus micaceus

8/28/12 - Shades State Park - Rockville, IN

Coprinellus micaceus

10/4/11 - Hoosier National Forest - Monroe County, IN