Coprinopsis lagopus (Fr.) Redhead, Vilgalys & Moncalvo, in Redhead, Vilgalys, Moncalvo, Johnson & Hopple, Taxon 50(1): 229 (2001)

 

Coprinopsis lagopus is a saprobic mushroom that grows solitarily or in groups. It commonly grows on wood chips, leaf litter, compost heaps, humus rich soil, vegetable wastes etc. It is widely distributed throughout the world1.  The specimen was collected from Tungareshwar wildlife sanctuary, Maharashtra.

Morphology:

The size of the fruit body varies immensely. Arthur Henry Reginald Buller observed this variation by growing the spores on horse dung1. Mature cap is up to 40 mm in diameter and oval, expanding to broadly convex and eventually becomes more or less flat; gray to black in color. Initially it is covered with a dense coating of silvery hairs which break up into patches at the maturity and may eventually disappear. Gills are attached to the stem; crowded; gray to blackish in color. Stem is up to 50 × 5 mm, hollow from inside and fragile, white in color, initially with dense hair however, becomes smooth at maturity2

Culinary value:

Inedible as food; they are not poisonous but not really tasty.

Medicinal importance:

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Industrial importance:

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Unique features:

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Interesting facts:

The common name of the species is Hare's foot inkcap (lagopus comes from ancient Greek words, lagos means a hare and pous meaning foot - hence also the common name). Fruit bodies go through their entire visible lifecycle within 24 hours3.

Commercial products:

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Patents:

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Publications:

Chemical constituents of Coprinus lagopus were identified using fruiting bodies4.

Classification5:

Kingdom:

Fungi

Phylum:

Basidiomycota

Class:

Agaricomycetes

Order:

Agaricales

Family:

Psathyrellaceae

Genus:

Coprinopsis

Species:

lagopus

 

Related links:                                                                                                                                                     

  1. http://www.first-nature.com/fungi/coprinopsis-lagopus.php
  2. http://botanicalmusings.blogspot.in/2013/01/an-antabuse-fungus.html
  3. http://www.mykoweb.com/CAF/species/Coprinopsis_lagopus.html
  4. http://mushroomobserver.org/name/show_name/520

 

 References

1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coprinopsis_lagopus

2. http://www.mushroomexpert.com/coprinopsis_lagopus.html

3. http://www.first-nature.com/fungi/coprinopsis-lagopus.php

4. Ragasa CY, Tan MCS, Castro MEGD, Perez J, Shen CC (2016) Chemical constituents of Coprinopsis lagopus. International Journal of Toxicological and Pharmacological Research, 8(6) 421-424

5.http://www.indexfungorum.org/Names/NamesRecord.asp?RecordID=319071

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