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Identification please

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Paul
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Identification please

Post by Paul » 12 Jul 2012, 14:14

Can anyone identify this fungus for me - it was taken at Clachan Sands on North Uist & was on an old cowpat.

Paul
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chrisjohnson
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Re: Identification please

Post by chrisjohnson » 12 Jul 2012, 17:41

Hi Paul

The picture I am getting is a bit pixilated but it shows the pleating from the gills. This almost certainly belongs to the Inkcap family (Coprinopsis), many of which grow on herbivore dung, but I can't get beyond this without more information.

Chris

Notes for anyone sending in fungi identification requests:

1. A clear image of the fungus growing in situ with a note on the habitat.
2. An image of the gills (or pores) showing its attachment to the stem (it is ok to 'pick' a specimen for photography; most carry billions of spores and will have dropped thousands at the open stage). If it's young and closed, then leave it.
3. Any distinct smell.
4. Whether the cap and/or stem in sticky.

Basically, as much information as possible will help to get to genus and, with many, to species.

Chris

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