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Observed: 4th August 2013 By: Paul RobertsPaul Roberts’s reputation in Fungi and LichensPaul Roberts’s reputation in Fungi and LichensPaul Roberts’s reputation in Fungi and Lichens

40 to 50 of these on patch of decaying wood-chip on shaded woodland path. First seen late dusk when most had ovoid - thimble shaped caps as in pic 1. Returned to photograph them mid morning when most had become blackened cones some splitting and partly convex.


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I have agreed with might be as I think the only way to be sure with this one is by looking at the spores through a microscope I think there in one which is very similar to this but cannot remember which one.


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Thanks Fenwickfield

C. lagopides seems similar, but I thought was probably not that on the basis that the stems seemed more coarsely woolly here (looking at Jordan, Encyclopedia of Fungi,2004). But if it's not possible to be reasonably sure from these photos then maybe Coprinus sp. is best? Paul

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It could be C lagopides

It could be C lagopides

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Thanks flaxton

Certainly looks very close indeed. We'll probably get more of them. Is there anything I should look out for that would make a more conclusive ID? Paul

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Not without a microscope I'm

Not without a microscope I'm afraid