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Fungi: Basidiomycota: Agaricomycetes: Agaricales: Psathyrellaceae: Coprinellus micaceus (Bull.) Vilgalys, Hopple & Jacq. Johnson 2001

Coprinellus micaceus – Glistening inkcap

Synonyms: Agaricus congregatus, Agaricus micaceus, Coprinus micaceus.

Common name: glistening inkcap.

Russian name: Navoznik mertsaiushchiy.

Extract from Wikipedia article: Coprinellus micaceus is a common species of fungus in the family Psathyrellaceae with a cosmopolitan distribution. The fruit bodies of the saprobe typically grow in clusters on or near rotting hardwood tree stumps or underground tree roots. Depending on their stage of development, the tawny-brown mushroom caps may range in shape from oval to bell-shaped to convex, and reach diameters up to 3 cm (1.2 in). The caps, marked with fine radial grooves that extend nearly to the center, rest atop whitish stems up to 10 cm (3.9 in) long. In young specimens, the entire cap surface is coated with a fine layer of reflective mica-like cells that provide the inspiration for both the mushroom's species name and the common names mica cap, shiny cap, and glistening inky cap. Although small and with thin flesh, the mushrooms are usually bountiful, as they typically grow in dense clusters. A few hours after collection, the gills will begin to slowly dissolve into a black, inky, spore-laden liquid—an enzymatic process called autodigestion or deliquescence. The fruit bodies are edible before the gills blacken and dissolve, and cooking will stop the autodigestion process.

Photos of this mushroom from the area of St. Petersburg, Russia

Mica Cap mushrooms (<B>Coprinellus micaceus</B>) in Sosnovka Park. Saint Petersburg, Russia, <A HREF="../date-en/2014-06-13.htm">June 13, 2014</A>
LinkMica Cap mushrooms (Coprinellus micaceus) in Sosnovka Park. Saint Petersburg, Russia, June 13, 2014
Location on mapsСанкт-Петербург, парк Сосновка
Glistening inky cap mushrooms (<B>Coprinellus micaceus</B>) in Botanic Gardens of Komarov Botanical Institute. Saint Petersburg, Russia, <A HREF="../date-en/2016-08-14.htm">August 14, 2016</A>
LinkGlistening inky cap mushrooms (Coprinellus micaceus) in Botanic Gardens of Komarov Botanical Institute. Saint Petersburg, Russia, August 14, 2016
Location on mapsСанкт-Петербург, Аптекарская набережная
Mica Cap mushrooms (<B>Coprinellus micaceus</B>) near Lisiy Nos, west from Saint Petersburg, Russia, <A HREF="../date-en/2016-08-23.htm">August 23, 2016</A>
LinkMica Cap mushrooms (Coprinellus micaceus) near Lisiy Nos, west from Saint Petersburg, Russia, August 23, 2016
Location on mapsСанкт-Петербург, поселок Лисий Нос
Mature glistening inkcap mushrooms (<B>Coprinellus micaceus</B>) on roadside in Sosnovka Park. Saint Petersburg, Russia, <A HREF="../date-en/2016-08-25.htm">August 25, 2016</A>
LinkMature glistening inkcap mushrooms (Coprinellus micaceus) on roadside in Sosnovka Park. Saint Petersburg, Russia, August 25, 2016
Mica Cap mushrooms (<B>Coprinellus micaceus</B>) in Sosnovka Park. Saint Petersburg, Russia, <A HREF="../date-en/2016-08-25.htm">August 25, 2016</A>
LinkMica Cap mushrooms (Coprinellus micaceus) in Sosnovka Park. Saint Petersburg, Russia, August 25, 2016
Mica Cap mushrooms (<B>Coprinellus micaceus</B>) in Sosnovka Park. Saint Petersburg, Russia, <A HREF="../date-en/2016-08-30.htm">August 30, 2016</A>
LinkMica Cap mushrooms (Coprinellus micaceus) in Sosnovka Park. Saint Petersburg, Russia, August 30, 2016
Location on mapsСанкт-Петербург, Выборгский район, парк Сосновка
Mica Cap mushrooms (<B>Coprinellus micaceus</B>) in Botanic Gardens of Komarov Botanical Institute. Saint Petersburg, Russia, <A HREF="../date-en/2016-09-24.htm">September 24, 2016</A>
LinkMica Cap mushrooms (Coprinellus micaceus) in Botanic Gardens of Komarov Botanical Institute. Saint Petersburg, Russia, September 24, 2016
Location on mapsСанкт-Петербург, набережная реки Карповки
Glistening inkcap mushrooms (<B>Coprinellus micaceus</B>) in Sosnovka Park. Saint Petersburg, Russia, <A HREF="../date-en/2017-06-02.htm">June 2, 2017</A>
LinkGlistening inkcap mushrooms (Coprinellus micaceus) in Sosnovka Park. Saint Petersburg, Russia, June 2, 2017
Location on mapsСанкт-Петербург, парк Сосновка
Group of glistening inkcap mushrooms (<B>Coprinellus micaceus</B>) in Sosnovka Park. Saint Petersburg, Russia, <A HREF="../date-en/2017-06-02.htm">June 2, 2017</A>
LinkGroup of glistening inkcap mushrooms (Coprinellus micaceus) in Sosnovka Park. Saint Petersburg, Russia, June 2, 2017
Location on mapsСанкт-Петербург, парк Сосновка
Glistening inkcap mushrooms (<B>Coprinellus micaceus</B>) in Sosnovka Park. Saint Petersburg, Russia, <A HREF="../date-en/2017-06-04.htm">June 4, 2017</A>
LinkGlistening inkcap mushrooms (Coprinellus micaceus) in Sosnovka Park. Saint Petersburg, Russia, June 4, 2017
Location on mapsСанкт-Петербург, парк Сосновка
Glistening inkcap mushrooms (<B>Coprinellus micaceus</B>) on a lawn behind a memorial in Sosnovka Park. Saint Petersburg, Russia, <A HREF="../date-en/2017-06-04.htm">June 4, 2017</A>
LinkGlistening inkcap mushrooms (Coprinellus micaceus) on a lawn behind a memorial in Sosnovka Park. Saint Petersburg, Russia, June 4, 2017
Location on mapsСанкт-Петербург, парк Сосновка
Glistening inkcap mushrooms (<B>Coprinellus micaceus</B>) near the memorial in Sosnovka Park. Saint Petersburg, Russia, <A HREF="../date-en/2017-06-09.htm">June 9, 2017</A>
LinkGlistening inkcap mushrooms (Coprinellus micaceus) near the memorial in Sosnovka Park. Saint Petersburg, Russia, June 9, 2017
Location on mapsСанкт-Петербург, парк Сосновка
Glistening inkcap mushrooms (<B>Coprinellus micaceus</B>) in Sosnovka Park. Saint Petersburg, Russia, <A HREF="../date-en/2017-06-09.htm">June 9, 2017</A>
LinkGlistening inkcap mushrooms (Coprinellus micaceus) in Sosnovka Park. Saint Petersburg, Russia, June 9, 2017
Location on mapsСанкт-Петербург, парк Сосновка
Glistening inkcap mushrooms (<B>Coprinellus micaceus</B>) on a stump in Sosnovka Park. Saint Petersburg, Russia, <A HREF="../date-en/2017-06-09.htm">June 9, 2017</A>
LinkGlistening inkcap mushrooms (Coprinellus micaceus) on a stump in Sosnovka Park. Saint Petersburg, Russia, June 9, 2017
Location on mapsСанкт-Петербург, парк Сосновка
Glistening inkcap mushrooms (<B>Coprinellus micaceus</B>) in Sosnovka Park. Saint Petersburg, Russia, <A HREF="../date-en/2017-06-13.htm">June 13, 2017</A>
LinkGlistening inkcap mushrooms (Coprinellus micaceus) in Sosnovka Park. Saint Petersburg, Russia, June 13, 2017
Location on mapsСанкт-Петербург, парк Сосновка
Young glistening inkcap mushrooms (<B>Coprinellus micaceus</B>) near Svetlanovsky Prospect. Saint Petersburg, Russia, <A HREF="../date-en/2017-06-15.htm">June 15, 2017</A>
LinkYoung glistening inkcap mushrooms (Coprinellus micaceus) near Svetlanovsky Prospect. Saint Petersburg, Russia, June 15, 2017
Location on mapsСанкт-Петербург, проспект Раевского
Glistening inkcap mushrooms (<B>Coprinellus micaceus</B>) in Sosnovka Park. Saint Petersburg, Russia, <A HREF="../date-en/2017-07-06.htm">July 6, 2017</A>
LinkGlistening inkcap mushrooms (Coprinellus micaceus) in Sosnovka Park. Saint Petersburg, Russia, July 6, 2017
Location on mapsСанкт-Петербург, парк Сосновка
Glistening inkcap mushrooms (<B>Coprinellus micaceus</B>) in Sosnovka Park. Saint Petersburg, Russia, <A HREF="../date-en/2017-07-30.htm">July 30, 2017</A>
LinkGlistening inkcap mushrooms (Coprinellus micaceus) in Sosnovka Park. Saint Petersburg, Russia, July 30, 2017
Location on mapsСанкт-Петербург, парк Сосновка
Glistening inkcap mushrooms (<B>Coprinellus micaceus</B>) in Dubki Park. Sestroretsk near Saint Petersburg, Russia, <A HREF="../date-en/2017-09-05.htm">September 5, 2017</A>
LinkGlistening inkcap mushrooms (Coprinellus micaceus) in Dubki Park. Sestroretsk near Saint Petersburg, Russia, September 5, 2017
Location on mapsСанкт-Петербург, Сестрорецк, парк Дубки
Glistening inkcap mushrooms (<B>Coprinellus micaceus</B>) in Alexander Park in Pushkin, former Tsarskoe Selo, near Saint Petersburg. Russia, <A HREF="../date-en/2017-09-07.htm">September 7, 2017</A>
LinkGlistening inkcap mushrooms (Coprinellus micaceus) in Alexander Park in Pushkin, former Tsarskoe Selo, near Saint Petersburg. Russia, September 7, 2017
Location on mapsСанкт-Петербург, Пушкин, Александровский парк
Young glistening inkcap mushrooms (<B>Coprinellus micaceus</B>) in Alexander Park in Pushkin, former Tsarskoe Selo, near Saint Petersburg. Russia, <A HREF="../date-en/2017-09-07.htm">September 7, 2017</A>
LinkYoung glistening inkcap mushrooms (Coprinellus micaceus) in Alexander Park in Pushkin, former Tsarskoe Selo, near Saint Petersburg. Russia, September 7, 2017
Location on mapsСанкт-Петербург, Пушкин, Александровский парк
Glistening inkcap mushrooms (<B>Coprinellus micaceus</B>) in West Kotlin Nature Reserve in Kronstadt. Saint Petersburg, Russia, <A HREF="../date-en/2017-09-08.htm">September 8, 2017</A>
LinkGlistening inkcap mushrooms (Coprinellus micaceus) in West Kotlin Nature Reserve in Kronstadt. Saint Petersburg, Russia, September 8, 2017
Location on mapsСанкт-Петербург, Кронштадт, Кронштадтское шоссе
Glistening inkcap mushrooms (<B>Coprinellus micaceus</B>) near Lembolovo, 40 miles north from Saint Petersburg. Russia, <A HREF="../date-en/2017-09-09.htm">September 9, 2017</A>
LinkGlistening inkcap mushrooms (Coprinellus micaceus) near Lembolovo, 40 miles north from Saint Petersburg. Russia, September 9, 2017
Location on mapsЛенинградская область, Всеволожский район, Куйвозовское сельское поселение
Glistening inkcap mushrooms (<B>Coprinellus micaceus</B>) in Blizhnie Dubki area near Lisiy Nos, west from Saint Petersburg. Russia, <A HREF="../date-en/2017-09-11.htm">September 11, 2017</A>
LinkGlistening inkcap mushrooms (Coprinellus micaceus) in Blizhnie Dubki area near Lisiy Nos, west from Saint Petersburg. Russia, September 11, 2017
Location on mapsСанкт-Петербург, посёлок Лисий Нос
Glistening inkcap mushrooms (<B>Coprinellus micaceus</B>) at a base of a tree in Blizhnie Dubki area near Lisiy Nos, west from Saint Petersburg. Russia, <A HREF="../date-en/2017-09-11.htm">September 11, 2017</A>
LinkGlistening inkcap mushrooms (Coprinellus micaceus) at a base of a tree in Blizhnie Dubki area near Lisiy Nos, west from Saint Petersburg. Russia, September 11, 2017
Location on mapsСанкт-Петербург, посёлок Лисий Нос
Mature glistening inkcap mushrooms (<B>Coprinellus micaceus</B>) in Sosnovka Park. Saint Petersburg, Russia, <A HREF="../date-en/2017-09-16.htm">September 16, 2017</A>
LinkMature glistening inkcap mushrooms (Coprinellus micaceus) in Sosnovka Park. Saint Petersburg, Russia, September 16, 2017
Location on mapsСанкт-Петербург, парк Сосновка
Glistening inkcap mushrooms (<B>Coprinellus micaceus</B>) in Alexander Park. Pushkin (former Tsarskoe Selo), south from Saint Petersburg, Russia, <A HREF="../date-en/2017-10-06.htm">October 6, 2017</A>
LinkGlistening inkcap mushrooms (Coprinellus micaceus) in Alexander Park. Pushkin (former Tsarskoe Selo), south from Saint Petersburg, Russia, October 6, 2017
Location on mapsСанкт-Петербург, Пушкин, Александровский парк

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Russian web-forums Planeta Gribov, V Kontakte, and Griby Sredney Polosy for learning names of local mushrooms.

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