Phycomyces nitens


Visible as a grey, fuzzy fungal mass. Hyphae unbranched with globose tip which is yellow at first and then black. Grows to about about 2 to 2.5 inches high.

Similar Species

There are three common species of Phycomyces which can only be told apart by microscopy: 
P. microsporus has globose spores
P. blakesleeanus has oval to elliptical spores 8 -12 µm in length
P. nitens has oval to elliptical spores 15 - 30 µm µm in length

Photo ID?

Often grows on spilled seed/guano under bird feeders.

When to see it

Observed in most months.

UK Status

Widespread in Britain, but not often recorded.

VC55 Status

Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known. 

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