Mutinus canine (Mutinus caninus) photo and description

Canine mutinus (Mutinus caninus)

  • Department: Basidiomycota (Basidiomycetes)
  • Subdivision: Agaricomycotina (Agaricomycetes)
  • Class: Agaricomycetes (Agaricomycetes)
  • Subclass: Phallomycetidae (Veselkovye)
  • Order: Phallales (Merry)
  • Family: Phallaceae (Veyolkovye)
  • Genus: Mutinus (Mutinus)
  • Species: Mutinus caninus (Canine mutinus)


  • Cynophallus caninus
  • Ithyphallus inodorus
  • Phallus caninus

Canine mutinus

Canine mutinus (lat.Mutinus caninus) is a saprobic species of Basidiomycete fungi (Basidiomycota) of the Phallaceae family. Type species of the genus mutinus.


Fruit body: in the first stage, the canine mutinus is ovoid, oval, 2-3 cm in diameter, light or yellowish with a root process. When ripe, the skin of the egg is torn into 2 - 3 petals, which remain the vagina at the base of the "leg". In the second stage, a cylindrical hollow spongy "leg" 5-10 (15) cm in height and about 1 cm in diameter with a pointed fine tuberous tip grows from an open egg. The stem has a light, yellowish color, and the tip is colored in a thicker red-orange color. When ripe, the tip becomes covered with brown-olive cellular mucus (spore-bearing). The unpleasant strong smell of carrion, which the fungus emits, attracts insects (mainly flies) that carry spores on their bodies and legs.

The spore powder of the canine mutin is colorless.

Pulp: porous, very tender.


Canine mutinus grows from the last decade of June to October in deciduous forests on humus-rich soil, in bushes, near rotting wood, in humid places, after warm rains, in a group, not often in the same place, infrequently.

An inedible mushroom , although some have argued that when the mushroom is still in its egg shell, it is edible.

Similarity: with the more rare mutinus Ravenelli