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Egghead Mottlegill

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A fairly common Mottlegill that mainly grows from April to November but can be found in winter if the weather is mild. It is easily identified as it is the only Panaeolus that has a skirt.

Mushroom Type
Common Names Egghead Mottlegill, Brithdegyll Wyffurf (CY), Kołpaczek Blady (PL), Gyűrűs Trágyagomba (HU)
Scientific Name Panaeolus semiovatus
Season Start All Year
Season End All Year
Average Mushroom height (CM) 8
Average Cap width (CM) 2.5
Please note that each and every mushroom you come across may vary in appearance to these photos.

Cap

Has a buff to tan cap that is usually not smooth but mildly wrinkled. The cap is ‘egg shaped’ and shiny when conditions are wet.

Gills

Crowded, adnate gills that start off white but turn brown to black with a ‘mottled’ surface.

Stem

Has a thin, brittle stem that is buff to tan below the skirt and paler with small black spots above.

Skirt

A pale, upwards facing, ephemeral, small skirt that darkens with age.

Flesh

Pale coloured, darkening slightly towards the base.

Habitat

Mainly on dung in meadows or fields that have been fertilised with dung.

Possible Confusion

Can look similar to the Dung Roundhead (Protostostopharia semiglobata), but it doesn’t have the ‘egg shaped’ cap, the cap is flatter. It has brown spores.

Spore Print

Spore print is black. Spores are ellipsoid, smooth, dark red brow, thick-walled.

Frequency

Fairly common and widespread.

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