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Shaggy Ink Cap, Lawyer's Wig, Shaggy Mane

Coprinus comatus


Slimy looking dying mushrooms that seem to cling onto each other for dear life! The shaggy ink cap is easily recognizable from its almost cylindrical cap which initially covers most of its stem. The cap is mostly white with shaggy scales, which are more pale brown at the apex. The free gills change rapidly from white to pink, then to black. It is deliquescent. The stipe has a loose ring and measures 10–40 centimetres high by 1–2.5 centimetres diameter. Microscopically it lacks pleurocystidia.


In the forest in Son en Breugel, Noord Brabant, The Netherlands


Nice yellow leaf hat on the little ones! :-)

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Muckpuk 3 years ago

Thanks Josh!

Josh Asel
Josh Asel 3 years ago

Wow, what a cool mushroom and spotting! Congrats, very nice.

Muckpuk 3 years ago

Thank you Jae and SukanyaDatta!

Jae 3 years ago

Congrats, Muckpuk!

SukanyaDatta 3 years ago

Congratulations, Muckpuk.

Muckpuk 3 years ago

Thank you Tukup.
We were taking mum on a walk in her wheelchair and when I spotted this mushroom I told them I would catch up but I needed to take this picture! That was this one. I can still picture at what spot it was.

Tukup 3 years ago

Congratulations Muckpuk. Very nice series and good notes. I appreciate anyone who takes the time to write up something about their spotting.

Muckpuk 3 years ago

Guys I just realise the picture is not the SOTD but the SOTW! Even happier!
Thank you very much for this honour!

Muckpuk 3 years ago

Thank you Saturniidae27. I know, does not look very attractive at all!

Saturniidae27 3 years ago

Looks a lot like a squid, Congrats on the SOTW, well deserved Muckpuk, and thanks for sharing (:

Muckpuk 3 years ago

Thank you very much for the nomination and for your lovely compliments AntonioGinjaGinja and Ornithoptera80

Great spotting Muckpuk,love the viscous look,congrats on the well deserved SOTW and thanks for sharing

Muckpuk 3 years ago

THANK YOU!!! :-)

Ornithoptera80 3 years ago

congrats, great spotting(:

MichaelS 3 years ago

Congrats Muckpuk, this spotting has been voted Spotting of the Week by the Rangers! Your detailed descriptive notes of a unique fungus earned you this week's featured spotting!

Muckpuk 3 years ago

Thank you AshleyT.
Always feel honored in being nominated!

AshleyT 3 years ago

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated

Muckpuk 3 years ago

Thank you Neil. Had never seen one before ( at least not consciously ) and all I could think of was The Adams Family. ;-)

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 3 years ago

Nice spotting. Ink caps are amazing.

Muckpuk 3 years ago

Thank you Jae. It looks like it is indeed a Copinus Comata. I took another picture of a muschroom close by which was a Copinus Comata, so that makes sense. `

Jae 3 years ago

These are ink caps, Muckpuk. Probably Coprinus comata or Coprinopsis atramentaria. Though I find it rather difficult to distinguish the two species in this phase. Cool mushrooms nonetheless :)

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Noord-Brabant, Netherlands

Spotted on Oct 19, 2019
Submitted on Nov 13, 2019

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