Coprinopsis lagopus (BE: Hazenpootje / EN: Harefoot mushroom) is a species of fungus in the Psathyrellaceae family. Until 2001, the species was known as Coprinus lagopus; advances in the understanding of phylogenetic relationships between the various coprinoid species led to a major reorganization of that genus. It is a delicate and short-lived fungus, the fruit bodies lasting only a few hours before dissolving into a black ink – a process called deliquescence. It is a saprotrophic species growing solitary or in groups on wood chips, compost heaps, vegetable refuse, or horse dung, from autumn to mid-winter. It was rather surprising to find this species in the beginning of april. The species has a widespread distribution throughout the world.
Image: Borsbeek (BE) - 08/04/2011
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