Earpick Fungus (Auriscalpium vulgare)
Growing solitary or in small groups, nearly always from rotting pine cones that are usually fully or partially buried, A. vulgare is a small, inconspicuous, widespread toothed fungus that is often overlooked. Even when making a concerted effort to find this rather unusual species, it can be surprisingly difficult to locate, even in known locations, as its colours and form blend in extremely well with the needles and cones littering the floor in coniferous woodland.
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