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

    Identification difficulty

    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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