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Coprinopsis variegata
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Coprinopsis variegata

Common Name: Scaly Inky Cap

Synonyms: Coprinus quadrifidus; Species Fungorum

Substrate: Downed Logs

Location: Hardwoods

Spore Color: Black

Gill Color: Whitish; black with age

Comments:

Always a neat find. As the pictures show, they can completely cover a downed log with impressive mushrooms. As with most coprinus species, as the mushroom ages, it tends to decompose into a black goo. The key ID features for this mushroom are that it grows from downed wood and that it has impressive scales.

Lookalikes: 

Coprinus atramentarius which usually fruits on the ground and is not as scaly. Coprinus micaceus which lacks the distinctive scales.

Pictures:

Coprinopsis variegata

Coprinopsis variegata

Coprinopsis variegata

Coprinopsis variegata

Coprinopsis variegata

Coprinopsis variegata

Coprinopsis variegata

6/4/10 - Brown County State Park - Nashville, IN

Coprinopsis variegata

Coprinopsis variegata

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

Coprinopsis variegata

Coprinopsis variegata

These were fully grown and deliquesed by 6/7

5/29/12 - Winslow Woods - Bloomington, IN

'Coprinopsis variegata

6/7/12 - Winslow Woods - Bloomington, IN

Coprinopsis variegata

9/15/12 - McCormicks Creek SP - Spencer, IN