California Fungi—Coprinus
California Fungi

Coprinus Persoon
Acta Soc. Fauna Flora fenn. 2(1): 27. 1881.

Recent molecular evidence (2001) has shown that Coprinus, as traditionally defined, is polyphyletic. The species traditionally placed in Coprinus are now placed in Coprinellus, Coprinopsis, Coprinus (s.s.), and Parasola. Coprinus (s.s.) belongs in the family Agaricaceae and the other three genera belong in the family Psathyrellaceae.

Principle characteristics of the genus Coprinus:

Keys and descriptions of the genus Coprinus:

Coprinus species known to occur in California:

  1. Coprinus calyptratus Peck
  2. Coprinus comatus (O.F. Müll.) Pers.
  3. Coprinus sterquilinus (Fr.) Fr.