Observation 46459: Coprinopsis clastophylla (Maniotis) Redhead, Vilgalys & Moncalvo

When: 2010-06-07

Collection location: Big Branch, Saint Tammany Parish, Louisiana, USA [Click for map]

Who: Chaz (tripper1445)

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super find, and good eye, Mate!
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2016-06-20 09:36:12 PDT (-0700)

how many of these bizarre tiny fungi are we walking by, anyway?

is this another possible virally infected species? secotioid Coprinopsis??!
and that color!!!!!!

By: MichelBeeckman (MichelBeeckman)
2016-06-20 09:30:47 PDT (-0700)

I’ve added a paper on this matter. It is the last link in my previous comment. In short, bulbils are small compartements (also known as loculoments) in which the loculospores are produced.

excellent detective work
By: Danny Newman (myxomop)
2016-06-20 00:24:31 PDT (-0700)

thanks, Michel.

just one question: what are “bulbils?”

Coprinopsis clastophylla (=Rhacophyllus lilacinus)
By: MichelBeeckman (MichelBeeckman)
2016-06-19 17:13:06 PDT (-0700)

I have seen this mushroom in two facebook groups this year: The Mushroom Identification Forum (TMIF) found by Amanda Henslee (North America) and Mediterranean Fungi (MF) found by Muscaria Nemrac (Spain).

Initially we couldn’t identify the mushroom correctly, but we knew it was a coprinoid species. Khue Nguyen found one species online, Coprinopsis gonophylla, that resembled it a little, because of the purple reddish cap. But I did some research on that species with Pilze der Schweiz Band 4 (Breitenbach & Kränzlin, 1995) and the description here: http://www.vielepilze.de/..., and came to the conclusion that it is not that species. Coprinopsis gonophylla is a (semi-)terrestrial species that is almost exlusively found on old burn sites.

After scanning all the species on http://www.vielepilze.de/coprinus/ecoprinus.html, I could only find one description that somewhat matched the observation in TMIF, which was Coprinellus fallax. The reason why I suggested this species was based on the colour (which is said to be burgundy) and location of the type specimen (Michigan). But there is no proper photographic material for this species yet.

I wasn’t satisfied but left it open for better suggestions.

A photo of a similar collection showed up on my feed, with a name! This was a collection from Spain. Pierre-Arthur Moreau mentioned: “Coprinopsis clastophylla (=Rhacophyllus lilacinus), a strange secotioid coprinoid with bulbils instead of gills.”

Michael Loizides added a link to photographic material: http://famm.pagesperso-orange.fr/....

I have found a publication on this species as well and added that on TMIF:

All in all, very neat and interesting species you have there!

I almost passed these by!
By: Chaz (tripper1445)
2010-06-07 21:15:52 PDT (-0700)

I would estimate the size to be between 1/8" to 1/4" long. Very small. An interesting point, during the photo session the one that is opened up was closed at first (the last pic). At some point it decided to open. If you follow the time line from the first shot to the last it was only several minutes. I was wondering if my flash could have triggered it to open or maybe it was something else.

Note: The closed photo time 13:03:36 and the open was 13:10:03 so it was more than just several minutes (00:6:27 to be exact) but still very interesting.

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