Habitat: Hardwood stumps, buried roots, and other organic debris.
Conservation Status: Not of concern
Coprinellus micaceus is another common widespread species that can be identified readily. It grows in large groups and clusters on hardwood stumps, buried roots, and other organic debris. It fruits in spring as well as fall in our area. C. micaceus is smaller than C. atramentaria and is brighter colored, with ochraceous to yellow-brown caps that usually are adorned with small glistening particles (that wash off easily in the rain however). C. micaceus is a good edible species, although we do not often hear much about it. Its former name was Coprinus micaceus.
Sources: Trudell, Steve and Joe Ammirati. Mushrooms of the Pacific Northwest. Portland, Timber Press, Inc. 2009.