Originally these were classified as Coprinus (family Agaricaeae), but with molecular analysis they were moved to the Psathyrellaceae family and placed in a new genus. Although our New Zealand species were originally named the same as Northern Hemisphere species, molecular studies have shown they are not quite the same, so "aff." is placed after the name.


Coprinellus disseminatus aff. (Pers.) J.E. Lange

Grows in large numbers on many types of decaying wood. It appears quickly after sufficient rains in the autumn and winter. Cap diam: 5–10 mm.

Although this species has been named as above, it is not conspecific with the Northern Hemisphere species of the same name.


Coprinellus heptemerus (M. Lange & A.H. Sm.) Vilgalys, Hopple & Jacq. Johnson

Found growing on very old animal dung in pasture.


Coprinellus micaceus aff. (Bull.) Vilgalys, Hopple & Jacq. Johnson

This fungus can be distinguished from other coprinoid mushrooms by the fine mica-like granules on the cap. It is usually a pale honey colour. Cap diam: 15–30 mm.cde