<< Previous Next >>

Coprinus comatus

Coprinus comatus
Photo Information
Copyright: Felipe Mateo and Cristina (extramundi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1880 W: 338 N: 4268] (13178)
Genre: Fungi
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-11-01
Categories: Fungi
Camera: Sony DSC-F717, Carl Zeiss 9.7-48.5, Digital ISO 100
Exposure: f/8
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Setas de Galicia - Mushrooms from Galicia II [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-09-18 14:36
Viewed: 6249
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is in my opinion, the easiest edible mushroom to begin with if you dont know much about them. After almost 3 years of interest about mycology I think I am able to pick and eat with no risk at all, about 15 species, and in some cases I have doubths and discard them.
It is almost impossible to be wrong with this one, the shape and textures are unique, it turns from imaculate white flesh into black ink when old, as you can see in this shots and in other wonderful ones posted in TN.

The flesh is soft and delicate, the flavour excellent. One of my favourites, cooked in a very hot pan, with a bit of oil, some garlic and salt. Simple but spectacular. The only problem is that once collected, you only have a few hours to cook them, otherwise they turn into ink.

Some people say it can be confused with
Coprinus atramentarius (thanks Gert for the shot). The atramentarius cant be mixed with alcoholic drinks, but I think you must be drunk before, to get confused and pick this as a comatus :)
Atramentarius has a similar substance to one used in alcoholics therapy. If you eat them and drink, you will have a bad experience, and wont repeat. Gert explains this effect with detail in his post.

Coprinus comatus

Common Name: Shaggy Mane

Pileus: Cap 5-14 cm tall, 2.5-4.5 cm broad, columnar, becoming bell-shaped; surface dry, white with a brown central disc, breaking up into coarse, white and brown, recurved scales; flesh thin, white, and soft; odor and taste mild.

Lamellae: Gills adnexed to free, crowded, white, becoming pink, then deliquescing from the margin into a black, inky liquid.

Stipe: Stipe 8-20 cm long, 1-1.5 cm thick, white, smooth, hollow, equal to bulbous at base, veil white, membranous, usually sliding to the bottom of the stipe.

Spores: Spores 12-16 x 7-8 µm, smooth, elliptical with an apical pore; spore print black.

Habitat: Scattered, grouped, or in dense clusters on disturbed ground or grassy areas; found frequently along roadsides, paths and in playing fields; fruiting any month of the year when moisture is available but most abundant soon after the fall rains.

Edibility: Edible and choice, but must be cooked quickly before the caps turn to ink.

Comments: With its distinctive columnar, shaggy cap which dissolves into ink at maturity, Coprinus comatus is one of the easiest of all mushrooms to recognize. Coprinus atramentarius, another inky cap, is somewhat similar, but has a smooth to fibrillose, not scaly cap surface, and lacks the elongated cap shape of C. comatus.

I found this info HERE

Hope you like!

1st. F:8 - 1/20 - Manual exposure - Minitripod
2nd. F:8 - 1/13 - Manual exposure - Minitripod
3rd. F:8 - 1/5 - Manual exposure - Minitripod

dew77, RAP, uleko, loot, cmarzano, gelor, scottevers7, TAZ, red45, emka has marked this note useful
Only registered TrekNature members may rate photo notes.
Add Critique [Critiquing Guidelines] 
Only registered TrekNature members may write critiques.
ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To Sarcodon: Thanks you very much.extramundi 1 10-04 14:23
You must be logged in to start a discussion.

Critiques [Translate]

  • Great 
  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-09-18 14:46]

Hello Felipe,
Very nice captures and presentation.Your informative notes are also excellent.Great work!

  • Great 
  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-09-18 14:51]

Otra acertada compo Felipe con tu acostumbrada e instructiva presentación.

Composition: *****
Sharpness: ****
Color: ****
Lighting: ****
DOF: ****
POV: ****
Note: *****

Con mi admiración por tanta pasión... Ricardo

Hi Felipe,
Great macro mosaics.Nice composition and amazing soft colours. Congratulations,


  • Great 
  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2006-09-18 15:09]

Very attractive collage of these beautiful "ink" mushrooms. Excellent details and very informative notes.
TFS, Ulla

Hi Felipe, you have made an excellent collage with great pictures. Great composition with an excellent note too. It´s a great work. I like it very much. Thank you for posting.

  • Great 
  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2006-09-18 15:34]

Another wonderful set. I especially love the bottom picture. The textures and shapes are wonderful



  • Great 
  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-09-18 15:47]

Hi Filipe
It is a great collage providing excellent visual information on the various stages of these fungi. Technically all three photos were very well done and collectively it gives the complete and clear picture of the growth cycle of this mushroom.
Great composition, amazing colours, very sharp details, and superb exposure showing fine contrast especially on the white parts.
Good work and TFS.

Buenos días Felipe,
bonita composición de estas setas. encuentro la claridad ti los encuadres bueno,
enhorabuena, Arnaud.

Hola Felipe,
He visto algunas de tus últimas fotos y me encanta este tipo de colage que estas haciendo; permiten ver en diferentes perspectivas los detalles de las especies de hongos, resultan muy útiles para aprender, acompañados con excelentes notas.
Los detalles y POV como siempre son excelentes.

  • Great 
  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-09-18 17:29]

Hola Felipe|Cristina,
Como es usual, una cuidada presentación, que sirve de documento a la vez que es una foto perfecta. Gran control de la luz y perfectos detalles.
Un saludo,
José M.
PS. Veo un pequeño musguito en la foto de la derecha.

Un collage sumamente ilustrativo graficamente como documento biologico,nitidez en la textura,color y las vistas diferentes para conocer todos los angulos buena toma para guia de campo!!!

  • Great 
  • gelor Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 124 W: 3 N: 12] (523)
  • [2006-09-19 3:49]

Bonjour Felipe,
Un très beau document de présentation du coprin. Eclairage et netteté parfaits. Bonne note également.

Hi Felipe,
That is an excellent collage. You have really brought out amazing details and textures in these beauties. I really like the textures as it appears to be like a shedding skin. Great informative notes as usual. Extremely well done!

  • Great 
  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-09-19 16:28]

Another interesting and attractive dispaly for us Felipe. I love those pretty frilly skirt-like mushrooms. And it is good to see the changes as they get older.
The more I see and read about mushrooms, the more I don't think I will never pick and eat them again myself. I will have to trust the vegetable shop when they are for sale!
Thanks you two for the visual lessons,

  • Great 
  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-09-20 2:15]

Good collage my friend ! It remembers my Coprinus collage of last year ;-) Good idea the pov under the cap. Good exposure of the white. Great note too. Congratulations Felipe and TFS.

  • Great 
  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-09-21 16:10]

Hello my friend!

I've returned yesterday and today I took photo of this fungus :-) Your presentation looks great, especially bottom part with arty view :-) Details are as always great, note excellent. I read about your Sony - poor, old cam - R.I.P.

Hi Felipe and Cristina,

another very good rapresentation, and very good notes, exaustive!
All you written is true, but there is another specie very closed to Coprinus comatus (O.F. Müller 1767) Gray 1797, more than Coprinus atramentarius (Bulliard 1786) Fries 1838, so that a lot of people confuse it: it is Coprinus vosoustii Pilát 1942.
C. vosoustii is very closed to C. comatus, sometimes they seem identical, but whit experience it is possible identify them:

a) C. comatus is deliquescent (fastly), C. vosoustii is deliquescent too, but very slowly, after 2 or 3 days.
b) C. comatus hasn't got a central disc with star shape (or very rarely), C. vosoustii has a typical star cover on the disc of the cap, always present and persistent.
c) Others differences are microscopic.

All people (and, unfortunately, a lot of books) say that C. vosoustii is very rare, but this is because they don't recognize it. In truth it is locally quite common in Europe.

you can see for example (it's a single link):

Marco (Sarcodon)

Buenas, llevo un timepo desconectado de la página por motivos de trabajo, ahora al reincorporarme, acabo de ver vuestras nuevas aportaciones a la galería. Impresionante el trabajo y los resultados. Ahora con las setas, son auténticas guías, con las fotografías tan cuidadas como siempre. Un saludo e iré viendo poco a poco todo lo que me he perdido.

Calibration Check