Coprinellus micaceus is a common species of fungus in the family
Psathyrellaceae with a cosmopolitan distribution. The species typically
grows in dense clusters on or near rotting hardwood tree stumps or
underground tree roots. Depending on their stage of development, the
tawny-brown mushroom caps may range in shape from oval to bell-shaped to
convex, and reach diameters up to 3 cm (1.2 in). In young specimens,
the cap surface is coated with a fine layer of reflective mica-like
cells, inspiring the species name as well as the common names "mica
cap", "shiny cap", and "glistening inky cap". A few hours after
collection, the gills will start to dissolve into a black, inky, spore-
laden liquid. The fruit bodies are edible before the gills blacken and
dissolve, and cooking will stop the process. Chemical analysis of the
fruit bodies has revealed the presence of antibacterial and enzyme-
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