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Hairy Mushroom

Observed: 26th November 2011 By: ShreeShree’s reputation in Fungi and Lichens
Hairy Mushroom 1
Hairy Mushroom 2
Hairy Mushroom 3
Description:

Creamy colour; cap diameter ~= 2-4 cm
Silvery hair with black spherical ends on the cap
ID help please !

Identifications

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Species interactions

No interactions present.

Comments

miked's picture

The hair looks like a Mucor

The hair looks like a Mucor species of fungus growing on perhaps Mycena species that is beyond its sell-by date.

Shree's picture

The 'mycena' mushrooms surely didn't look dead

The 'mycena' mushrooms surely did not look dead - there were several of them in various stages of blooming, right from buds to ones with flat caps.

Can the Mucor infect other live mushrooms?

Shree's picture

The 'mycena' mushrooms surely

The 'mycena' mushrooms surely did not look dead - there were several of them in various stages of blooming, right from buds to ones with flat caps.

Can the Mucor infect other live mushrooms?

Shree's picture

Thanks

Thanks 'milked'

I looked at other posts by you, and it does look like Mucor growing on Mycena.

I'd be grateful for any help on ID.

AlanS's picture

Parasite

Certainly a Spinellus species - most likely S. fusiger but needs microscopic confirmation - shape and size of the spores.

It is a parasite of the live fruitbodies of Mycena and other toadstools, so yes it typically occurs on fresh and not decaying fruitbodies.

Alan