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Coprinus acuminatus (Romagn.) P.D. Orton - Notes R. bot. Gdn Edinb. 29: 86. 1969.

= Coprinus atramentarius var. acuminatus Romagn.

Sel. descr. & figs. - Romagn., Rev. Mycol. 16: 120. 1951 (as C. atramentarius var. acuminatus); P.D. Orton & Watl., Br. Fung. Fl. 2: 32. 1979.
Vern. name - Kleine kale inktzwam.

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  Pileus 20-30 x 15-25 mm when still closed, more or less narrowly conical, expanding to conical and then up to 50 mm wide, at first greyish ochre to ochre-brown, fibrillose-squamulose at centre, later grey-brown and almost smooth. Lamellae, L = > 50, l = 3-7, first white, then greyish-brown to black. Stipe 60-130 x 3-5 mm, white; base clavate.
  Spores 6.0-8.9(-10.6) x 4.1-5.3(-5.7) µm, Q = 1.40-1.85(-2.10), av. Q = 1.55-1.60(-1.90, av. L = 7.4-7.7(-9.3) Ám, av. B = 4.4-5.0(-5.2) Ám, ellipsoid or ovoid, with rounded base and apex, dark red-brown; germ pore central, 1.1-1.2 Ám wide. Basidia 14-26 x 6.5-8 Ám, 4-spored, surrounded by 3-5(-6) pseudoparaphyses. Pleurocystidia 80-140 x 18-28 Ám, rather narrowly cylindric or slightly utriform. Cheilocystidia 60-100 x 18-28 Ám, similar to pleurocystidia. Elements of veil not studied. Clamp-connections present.

Habitat & distribution

  On stumps of broad-leaved trees or wood-chips, fasciculate. Distribution indistinct, rather rare in the Netherlands.


  Characters to differ C. acuminatus from C. atramentarius are the ochre-brown colour, the more conical shape of the usually smaller basidiocarps and the somewhat narrower spores.

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