Flickering manure (Coprinellus micaceus) photo and description

Shimmering manure (Coprinellus micaceus)

  • Department: Basidiomycota (Basidiomycetes)
  • Subdivision: Agaricomycotina (Agaricomycetes)
  • Class: Agaricomycetes (Agaricomycetes)
  • Subclass: Agaricomycetidae (Agaricomycetes)
  • Order: Agaricales (Agaric or Lamellar)
  • Family: Psathyrellaceae (Psatirellaceae)
  • Genus: Coprinellus (Coprinellus or Dung)
  • Species: Coprinellus micaceus (Shimmering dung)


  • Crumbling dung

  • Coprinus micaceus

Shimmering dung

Flickering dung (Latin Coprinellus micaceus ) is a mushroom of the Psathyrellaceae family; earlier this species belonged to the now disbanded family Coprinaceae.

Shimmering Dung Beetle:

The form is ovoid, then bell-shaped (almost never opens to the end), 1-4 cm in diameter, yellow-brown with frequent grooves from the plates. The hat is covered with numerous shiny (or, depending on the weather conditions, flickering) scales, which, however, can easily be washed away by rain.


Frequent, at first light, almost white, later darken, then turn black and decompose (undergo autolysis, which, however, is not as pronounced as in the white dung beetle Coprinus comatus).

Spore powder:


Shimmering Dung Beetle Leg:

Quite long and relatively thick, white, hollow, smooth above, silky below. There is no ring.


Shimmering dung grows from spring to autumn on a rotting tree, usually in large clusters. Obviously he doesn't like conifers.

Similar species:

There are a lot of more or less similar dung beetles. How much is difficult to say, because the nomenclature is constantly being refined: some species are abolished, some are transferred to other genera and even families, and so on. Apparently, a certain Coprinus domesticus is practically indistinguishable from our hero. But there are no clear facts.


Like all dung beetles, Coprinus micaceus is edible at a young age. Unlike the white dung beetle (Coprinus comatus), it does not differ in special quality. In combination with alcohol, it is obviously somewhat unpleasant, as is the gray dung beetle (Coprinus atramentarius).

Video about mushroom Flickering dung:


Some kind of intermediate, background mushroom. No matter how much I met him (and he comes across, you understand, not so rarely and not in such small quantities), there was never a desire to collect it. Perhaps I will collect it without desire, exclusively for natural scientific purposes, eat it and report on the results. It is not clear, however, why.