Habitat: Can be found on rotting pieces of wood that are very wet or submerged in cold water.
Conservation Status: Not of concern
Vibrissea truncorum is another spring-fruiting fungus. Its head is usually orangeish to pinkish orange and is rounder and more regularly shaped compared to the head of Mitrula elegans. The spores are exceedingly long and slender (125--250+ x 1--1.5 µm) and usually can be seen with a handlens as they stream out from the head. When many are escaping simultaneously, the heads look as though covered with a whitish mold.