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Coprinus Pers. (inkcaps)

Subtaxa (ie subgroups of this Genus)

Suggested Literature

Identification Works

Orton, P.D. & Watling, R., 1979 Coprinaceae: Coprinus
Orton, P.D., 1957 Notes on British Agarics 1-5 (Observations on the genus Coprinus)
Orton, P.D., 1972 Notes on British Agarics IV
Orton, P.D., 1976 Notes on British Agarics VI
Orton, P.D., 1976 Notes on British Agarics VI
Schafer, D.J., 2010 Keys to sections of Parasola, Coprinellus, Coprinopsis and Coprinus in Britain
Uljé, C.B., 2005 Genus Coprinus Pers.
Studies in Coprinus: Studies in Coprinus

BioInfo BioInfo ( has 3 general literature references to Coprinus (inkcaps)

Coprinus may also be covered by literature listed under:

(living things)
(true fungi)
(spore droppers)
(a class of fungi)
(mushrooms and toadstools)
(mushrooms, dapperlings and parasols, agaric)
Macromycetes (via Agaricales) Fungi s.l. (via Fungi)

BioInfo BioInfo ( has 26 feeding and other relationships of Coprinus (inkcaps)

Further Information

Notes (MWS) The Inkcap toadstools are so-called because the black-spored gills, and often the caps too, liquify into an ink-like liquid. However, this has an ecological purpose: many of the species grow on transient substrates (eg dung) often with short-lived fruitbodies. The cap and gills liquify to rapidly dispose of the gill material and allow all the spores to be quickly released into the air. In the dung species the spores often have to survive on nearby grass until eaten by a herbivore. The spores are black because they are protected by thick heavily-pigmented walls.
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