Name: Mutinus elegans
Authority: (Mont.) E. Fisch. 1888
Vouchered by: Brad Bomanz
Date found: 8/10/2005
Collected by: Brad Bomanz
Voucher ID: 52
Confirming Mycologist: Dr. Andrew Methven
Latitude: 038.572 N
Longitude: 090.486 W
City: Manchester
County: St. Louis
State: Missouri
Site location: 909 Woodside Village Lane
Habitat: hillside - open
Moisture conditions: dry
Substrate: wood - mulch
Reference document: The Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Mushrooms - 1981
Author:Alfred A. Knopf
ISBN No: 0-394-51992-2
Page no:835
Spore length: 3.5 - 4 microns
Spore width: 1.5 - 2 microns
Spore color: clear
Spore texture: smooth
Spore shape: elliptical
Spore print color: olive green
Chemical reaction: n/d
Mutinus elegans is often mistaken for Mutinus caninus. However M. elegans can be distinguished by its longer (9 - 18 cm) fruiting body that is usually thickest in the middle and tapered gradually toward the tip that has a small hole. Also, a larger area of the fruiting body (up to 6 cm or about 1/3 of the upper area) is smeared with spore slime. It favors the same habitats as M. caninus, but is more common. Close examination by Dr. Methven (see annotation above) combined with the 2015 DNA analysis confirmed that this specimen is Mutinus elegans.

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